Spirituality finds itself fed by two forces, both clearly blessed by God. Traditionally, one is called the prophetic voice. The other the priestly. The first one lights the flame. The second tends it.
Churches need both. They thrive, prophetically, on new ideas, new energy, on a sense of adventure and possibility. At the same time, churches likewise need the grounded stability of those willing to keep the home bright and warm – the priestly.
Those words don’t delineate specific jobs or offices per se. They speak of perspectives and gifts.
Much of where our society finds itself, I imagine, is a place where we sense an urgent call to a certain newness almost unimaginable 10 years ago. Last night for example I visited a family in Arizona, one of 8 I am connecting with on a trip to the Tucson/ Phoenix area… a startling “newness”!
And then there is a home base, the quieter often unforeseen work behind the scenes that nurtures a platform and the constancy we all crave.
What comes to mind are the beautiful words of Kahlil Gibran. In speaking of our relationship with God, he wrote….
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Our role is not to choose one or the other, the prophetic or the priestly, the arrow or the bow. But, as with most things spiritual, most things holy, to remember the sacredness of both-and.
Family Advent Kits
This year we are once again offering (free) family Advent kits to celebrate the Christmas season. If you would like a kit for your family email us with your mailing address and we will send a kit out to you!
All kits must be ordered by Dec. 16th
Christmas Wish Lists
We are once again supporting Gemma services this Christmas season. Help make some families Christmas wishes come true!
We have adopted 2 families this Christmas. Items are due by December 9th. All gifts should arrive unwrapped. For any questions or to sign up to purchase an item please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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