“Commitment to a people and a place is one of the countercultural values at the heart of the gospel...our geography has to be rethought, because our neighborhoods and homes are often built around values different for the gospel and community.”
The book of Common Prayer
How often do we make a commitment to a people, a place, a plan, a diet, a way of life and lose interest a month, two months, a year or more in? New Year's resolutions anyone? “Diet” anyone? Running - omg...I hate running.
Commitment is hard. It takes hard work and time and intention. Commitment is messy and broken. Commitment is sweat and a lot of tears and feelings and vulnerability. Commitment is a countercultural value.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Commitment is so hard. And you know what, you make it easy. All we have to do is say, “Yes”. Yes, Lord. But we make it soo hard. We waiver back and forth. We ask you a million questions with answers demanded. We question the answer. Your commitment to us, it is forever. From the time you thought of us, you committed to us. No million questions. No answers demanded. No back and forth. I am yours and you are mine. Period. Plain and simple. Countercultural.
Thank you for Hope Street. The building on the corner of 26th and Capitol that was ordained before we EVER thought of it, heard of it, volunteered in it, stepped foot in the door to begin again. Thank you for the community that lives and breathes inside and outside the building and soon at Shechem. This community is at the heart of your gospel message. The values of this community are built on the gospel. Thank you that I, we, get to be a part of it.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
(Hope Street Member by heart and Board Member by title)