Just as drapes or curtains draw together to form a wonderful cosy feeling on dark nights, so there is a drawing together of lovers. That union of flesh and spirit. A connection of creation …
Some come to this community to look, others to dwell, some to write, others to draw, some to sing, and others to share colours. A place where all ARE welcome, where ALL are safe – a place of nurturing. The bloggy church, this bloggy community – whatever your name – draws us together. Church. Without doors. Church. Without a congregation. Without any of the distinguishing marks we seek and love (or fight) in “church”.
Some here are escapees of “church” – refugees cast adrift and homeless. Some here are advocates of “church” and yet … find Church here as well. Each with their own reasons, each connecting as He directs. Each called. Each drawing together.
Does anyone dare to step up?
Is this just “another church” – another label – this “bloggy church”? Is this just another niche in a sea of niches? Some think not. I think not – and more and more I know it is “not just that”.
Others may be thinking it – but have not yet connected in this conversation. Others may be praying “someone” grabs the reins (and others may pray no one does!) – that this place of bloggy church continues and grows – unrefined of the “normal” we see so often.
Is anyone willing to step up? To come together – to “draw together” – this bloggy community as a resource. A church of resource. A church of love. A church of God who IS Love.
I am. Right now. Right here. Today.
And therein … a pause.
Or else “I define” and “I structure” and we lose what so many love here – no structure, no definition, no “club with rules”. Yet … I read some words of another bloggy lover yesterday:
“When we’re just maintaining the status-quo until we’re “taken home,” we defeat the entire purpose of God creating us to be creators ourselves.”
John – Christian INTP: What Could it Mean?
This bloggy church has not yet “hit” a status quo. But it will. It will.
And over the course of time – this bloggy church will replicate what so many have found elsewhere … “tepid” … “hurtful” … “clubby” … cliquey … “church”.
Are you willing to step up – to help draw together – to help “create what He created”?
Because “when we’re just maintaining the status-quo until we’re “taken home,” we defeat the entire purpose of God creating us to be creators ourselves.”
So this is an invitation to float where His currents move us …
What “resource” could this slice of Church become? Because there are teachers everywhere here. There are “outliers” roaming further into the Love of our Lord than ever I see closer to home. There are those who use images, songs, poetry. Those who write their hearts on a page, those who meander gently through a book, a verse, a passage. There are “Spiritual Gifts” in abundance here.
So float with me awhile …
Online skype bible classes, fellowship, discipling, mentoring sessions. Small groups perhaps not available locally. Topics not available locally. Blog posts already happen in sequence: a walk through a book – but there is more … maybe podcast sermons … different bible reading styles and techniques … a place of safety to ask questions knowing that the answer will be loving and gentle. A place of relationship – a place where all those relationships “of which we must not speak or breathe” … can be spoken, can be breathed, can be embraced. Where ALL relationships and labels are welcome.
Stay … float awhile longer …
Nurturing the shepherds who have been called, have studied in a seminary/college (of any denomination) – and who find a loneliness amongst their flocks. Who are presented with questions, pain, suffering, scenarios no one ever could or does prepare “the shepherd” for. And where is there to turn? Who is there to turn to? Where is that place of safety and fellowship we all seek, we all yearn for, and we all desire? Who nurtures the shepherds?
Maybe this bloggy church – maybe in the safety of this place without doors or a congregation – maybe here is fellowship in privacy – with healing and growth. A place for shepherds to find a resource for themselves as well.
A place where gifts are found, are explored, are “tested” and become part of each of us. We become creators. And we become just another slice of Church. Because there should be no “new place”, nor any new “different place”. This bloggy church is just … Church. The one our Lord and Father desires for us. Each of us.
So the invitation is for “each” – all – each one here:
WHY is He is drawing us together here? Might it be for the “purpose of God creating us to be creators ourselves”? To step up again … part of a “church” in His image – everywhere. Everywhere and anywhere that “two or three gather together” in His name. Because those “buildings” … ? Might we be “the creators” that help fill them AND each other with the Love we find here? I know we can. I know it will take us drawing together. I know that much.
Only He and you and “us” know “the how” – when we draw together.
Let the conversation continue … thank you.