June 20th, 2007

Desk

Taking inventory

Loving Psalm 107 this morning. Part of knowing God is knowing from what He's saved me. Of course, there are many aspects of this that all believers hold in common, but if we're willing to drill down, we each have stories of God's salvation specific to us. There's no need to let our failures weigh on us in ways that are inappropriately heavy, nor should we prematurely declare "finished" what God is still working in our lives. We still need Him, and that's a grace. But it is good to take inventory of our follies and His faithfulness. As the psalmist writes:
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
   let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

—Psalm 107:43

Fun cookout with our communitygroup last night. Finding that I want to more deeply know the others I'm walking beside, and I have an idea or two of how we can get to know each other better. Should run some things by Jared soon.
Light

Come as you are

Along the same lines as this morning's previous entry, the cover quote for the upcoming Sunday's Order of Worship hit close to home:
Those who remain alone with their evil are left utterly alone. It is possible that Christians may remain lonely in spite of daily worship together, prayer together, and all their community through service—that the final breakthrough to community does not occur precisely because they enjoy community with one another as pious believers, but not with one another as those lacking piety, as sinners....However, the grace of the gospel, which is so hard for the pious to comprehend, confronts us with the truth. It says to us, you are a sinner, a great, unholy sinner. Now come, as the sinner that you are, to your God who loves you. For God wants you as you are, not desiring anything from you—a sacrifice, a good deed—but rather desiring you alone.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together