On the other hand, think about how beautiful it is when we all gather with our hearts aflame for pure truth. Purity that we now know, that has become so engrained in us that we know we will never be the same again. We know that we have something mighty powerful to speak of and we will speak bodly and loudly. And then picture this 20 and 30 times over. Each one shouting out the sweet truth of Jesus. It's exhilerating, encouraging, inspiring. It's ignition to our very spirit, soul and body to stand up and fight the good fight!!
What I am trying to say, is no matter where you are and what you are going through, your voice is needed. Your voice matters. You may think you have nothing to say right now, but you do. You have a life to share - His LIFE as you!! And I know that the world needs to hear the Christ that is in you and in me.
My heart longs for the sweetness of our fellowship, brothers and sisters. I want you to know you all have brought me joy and my heart has hurt for you as well. So to all of you, please hear my heart, but listen for His heart to speak to you and meet you right now, just as you are, where you are. Know you are missed, and you are loved. Know that your circumstances do not dictate truth or who you are. But that Christ's finished work has dictated that you are indeed new, complete, righteous, perfect, holy, blameless, seated in heavenly places, and that you have the very life of Christ dwelling on the inside of you. That is who you are and that is well worth rejoicing about!!!
To Dan, my brother I miss your passion and our conversations. To my little brother Matt, I pray you are happy, I love when you are happy and so does He. To Julie, I miss your fiery passion, but I know you are always a phone call away, yet still you add such a strong dimension and empower others more than you know. To sweet Cirra, you impart such a gentleness and ooze out God's love with every word you speak, you are precious and I pray you are feeling more refreshed. To Joel, well Joel, it just isn't the same when you are away (even though you aren't really, it feels like life is full for you), you are such a grace networker and have blessed so many, like a big brother to all - please know that my heart is with you and prayers are offered up for you to not grow weary and to not faint. You are strong in Him because His grace is sufficient for you. To Bino, I appreciate you for being so real and so honest, may your strength be renewed, may you soar on like wings of an eagle. Ursie, my fun loving sister, you are so full of joy and so confident in His love - may you adjust to the season you are in, and find Him holding you and carrying you so that you sense His yoke is easy, and that you can rest in Him!! Chris, you are such a gift to the body and your voice is like that of a coach teaching and encouraging and inspiring the team! Thank you for being so unique and for sharing all that you have learned for the benefit of others!! To Peter, I know you have a demanding job, thank you for all the times you have graced us with your wisdom and insight, it is well worth waiting to hear you pour out your heart!! Leo, so glad you came back to join us, you are a blessing and a wonderful comic relief, I so am blessed by who you are, really!!! To Jordy, I often wonder how you are, and honestly I miss you my friend, I pray that you are resting in Him and letting truth continue to saturate you and drench you until it is so stuck it won't go anywhere!!! To Phil, I miss your thought provoking discussions and I pray you are in good health and letting yourself be entrusted more and more fully unto Him, your Rock. (And of course I can't leave you out Jamie my dear friend. Although I don't miss you, since I talk to you just about every day, I do however miss our community discussions through our blogs - wow, we had some good times and some intensely wild and riveting talks - you are a natural at gracing others and knitting people together- you unifier you!!)
And to all the rest of you, to Alan (who only serves up the choicest meals ;), Sheila (full of hospitality, good laugh and wisdom), Aida (comforting and kind) Tammy (bold, honest, real, seeker of truth and fun to boot), Rich (insightful and rich wisdom into who he really is), Becky (just a natural grace lover full of life), Craig (bold proclaimer of truth), to Nick, to Gregg, to John Fincher, Don Baker, Amy, Ellie, Shawna, Teresa (with the beautiful joy filled smile) and to anyone else who may stop by and visit from time to time - may you know more deeply God's amazing love for you, and may you come to know who you really are, and enjoy life more deeply in this wonderful union you have in Him and with Him. Be blessed everyone!!!!