Sunday, May 04, 2008
I've been a little bit AWOL over the last week (not posting everyday, like regularly! lol), and I promise that I will be back with a weekend update and photos tomorrow, but I wanted to pop on for a bit and give you a "Sunday Lesson" on this beautiful afternoon.
This morning in church, our pastor had this painting on display. It's a part of Michelangelo's painting found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...of God reaching out to Adam.
As we looked at the painting, we were told to think about these things...
* God is always reaching toward us, but He always leaves a small space between us so that we can choose whether to reach out to Him or not.
* We must only "lift a finger" to find God.
* God is only a finger away, a breath away, a prayer away, a moment away.
* The story of life is one of God chasing after us, wanting us to reach out to Him. And the ability to reach out to Him is quite easy. Yet, we think it is so hard.
I thought that I had been inspired enough after that sermon, only to find more inspiration on the way. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of every month and it's a morning I always look forward to. My joy tripled in size (at least) when I looked down and saw one of the church members serving the bread today. It wasn't one of the "giants" of the church or one of the older members of our church. Instead, it was a guy just a bit older than me who has battled alcoholism over the years, who struggles a lot, but who still has a deep love for God. When I saw that he would be serving me, it just reinforced one of the most powerful feelings I have about my faith.
Being a Christian is not about being perfect. It's not about doing everything just "right" before we can earn grace and forgiveness and love.
In a way, it was much more powerful to be served communion by someone who struggles and sins and gets up after he's fallen down and tries again to get it right...because we are ALL in the same boat. We are all on equal footing when we stand before God; no one is more deserving than anyone else to receive His love and forgiveness. We ALL need God; we ALL are deserving, no matter who we are or what we've done; God wants to love EACH and every one of us.