DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
Some of us are inspired by the web of intricacies that make a city what it is. It is the skyline, the city lights, the energy that exudes from the life that makes the urban setting all that it is. The neighborhoods are not just names of streets and points on google maps, but they represent lives and values and a connectedness that makes the city diverse and unified. Taking a walk or riding your bike through the interchange of houses and pockets of shops, graffiti, and flower beds, people on their porches and in the parks speak volumes to your soul. Even the politics of what will come to our city and what won’t, who is giving voice to the vision and who is hindering the life of our city matters to you. You know the names on the school board and in the capitol. You feel deeply the struggle of the under resourced, those in perpetual poverty, and the veterans on the streets. You are on boards. You participate in town hall meetings. You protest or at least keep up with the multiple voices on the issues of the city.
And if it isn’t politics that you engage, it is the neighborhood. You know your neighbors names, you may even be on a planning committee or two. You have a strong sense of connection to your house, your neighborhood, your part of the city. You ‘keep it local’ and encourage others to as well.
You hear the call of God in the language of the prophets and the descriptions of the least, the last, and the lost. You see the Gospel — the Good News — as freedom for the captives and justice and shalom rushing in like rivers.
I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” – Revelations 21 MSG
- Do you sense a kind of Divine energy from our city? from the neighborhoods? from the urban core?
- Are you keenly sensitive to the goings on in our city and you neighborhood?
- Do you carry a sense of ownership and pride in your city?
- Do the needs of those in the city burden you?
- Are you concerned with spreading out resources to include the least the last and the lost?
- Do you ‘keep it local’ as often as possible?
- Do you have a philosophy of ‘becoming a regular’ in the places you shop, eat, and work?
- Does community involvement inspire you?
- Does your hope and imagination for a better city somehow connect with a sense of God’s work and nearness?
- Does faith, for you, get expressed by resourcing others?
- Does the “ideal church” focus on service and missional efforts in the city?
- While you love so many things about Convergence 😉 you are especially drawn to the way you see God in our service of the neighborhood, our interaction in the city.
by scott scrivner
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In what ways do you most naturally encounter God?
Take a look at these slideshows — they may be the first clue as to where you identify.
BEAUTY: Do you see God in what these images represent?
TABLE: Do you see God in what these images represent?
DEVOTION: Do you see God in what these images represent?
CITY: Do you see God in what these images represent?
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