Sightings of Hope

We do not have to “go” to church to worship. One of my favorite childhood artists was Amy Grant. I am a product of the 1980’s and it was hard to escape that decade without a few of her songs getting stuck in your head forever. One of her lyrics was, “worship is more than just singing a song, it is all that you say and everything that you do, letting God’s spirit live in you.”

We worship when we take our eyes off of all that is wrong in our world and place our eyes on all that is right with God and God’s kingdom. We can worship anytime anywhere, in any set of circumstances. No one can take away your ability to worship because no matter where you are, you can always take your eyes off of all that is wrong in our world and place your attention on all that is right with God and God’s kingdom.

The apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) He actually said those words from prison. Here are a few ways I am worshiping today and I invite you to join me in celebrating these sightings of hope.

  • Breath.
  • Music.
  • Walks.
  • Water.
  • The provision of a Platt Park person receiving housing (after being near homeless) through the generosity of another Platt Park family.
  • People all around the world (Germany, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Africa) are joining us in livestream worship weekly.
  • The healing of a COVID-positive couple at PPC.
  • Nearly 1000 households joined us on Easter via livestream.
  • Each of you.

I sure do miss you all. I miss seeing your faces, hugging you, and sharing together in the bread & wine each week. This time apart from you physically brings me both a gratitude for our community of faith and a deep longing to see you again.

May the love and peace of Christ fill your hearts and your homes today.

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