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Over the years I have developed a deep appreciation for Taize worship. If you are unfamiliar with this form of worship, I invite you to experience more of it here.
This past weekend I went to a Taize-styled worship. It was, as is my general experience, deep, thoughtful, Spirit-filled, and exactly what my soul was thirsty for… I just didn’t know it!
As most of you are already aware, I am getting ready to leave my post here at Celebration Lutheran after 19+ years of ministry with them. Both of our futures, mine in the Office of Bishop and theirs with a new pastor, are full of possibilities. Now, “possibility” is a neutral word, implying neither good nor bad. It just means something different or new.
As I sat in worship, we began to sing this song:
Take, O take me as I am.John L. Bell
Summon out what I shall be.
Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.
As we chanted that song over and over, the possibilities of the future bent more and more toward a “good” bias. As those words sunk into my heart, I could feel God’s loving arms around me with all my faults and foibles lovingly embraced. I could sense that there was more, more that God knew I could do and be. And I prayed with all my heart in that God would live in me.
This is my prayer for you. Maybe you are a member of Celebration and concerned about the possibilities of the future. Maybe you are in a different place in the world and wondering where the future is leading for you. Maybe you are a student who doesn’t know what employment looks like in a COVID world. Maybe you are another pastor who wonders how you are going to take another weary step forward. Wherever you are: feel God’s loving embrace of who you are — right now — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Know that there is more; God has more and believes in more for you. And know that God is with you, always.