Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
Most of you will know we’re not particularly into the whole Christmas thing, but we went out Christmas eve to buy something for the neighbours we know to one side of us.
Gosh, we have a blog? Who knew. It’s been so long since I updated and so much has gone on.
Firstly, we spent three weeks
enjoying bemoaning Andy and Sam’s absence as they were off with a team on a missions trip in India with Multiply Christian Network. They had three weeks of teaching English and visiting various ministries: watch the India video diaries here.
We find ourselves very busy.
As busyness goes, it’s a good kind of busy. Our social circles have widened and with them so have the range of invites, weekly options and activities going on hither and thither.
“A community cannot remain static. It is not an end in itself. It is like a fire which must spread even at the risk of burning out.
A moment comes when a community can only grow through separation, sacrifice and gift. The more it finds unity, the more it must be prepared in some sense to lose it, through the free gift of some of its members who will create other networks of love and communities of peace.
That is the meaning of life. Life reproduces itself. Growth means the appearance of flowers and fruits, which carry the seeds of new life. A community which jealously keeps its members to itself and doesn’t take chances in this extraordinary work of procreation is running a far greater risk: the risk of withering away. If the corner isn’t turned, if the evolution of a community towards greater giving is not encouraged, its members will become infantile, close to regression. They will become sterile and life will not flow through them. Like dead branches, they will be good only for the fire.
So many communities are dead because the people who carry responsibility in them have not known how to encourage their young members to give life in the procreation of new communities. The time of love has passed and they have come to a stage of sterility and frustration. It will then be hard to refind the forces of love and life.”
– Jean Vanier, Community and Growth
Have you ever heard of someone “doing a Luke 10”? They’ve become a bit of a thing in our circles over the last few years.
- Ask the “chief farmer” to send workers out into the “harvest”, then go.
- Don’t take extra stuff, whether a purse, bag or sandals. Don’t spend time chatting to everyone passing by.
- If you find people of peace and hospitality, bless them.
- Eat whatever you’re given.
- Heal their sick people and tell them the kingdom of God has arrived in town.
- If people reject you, move on.
Michael Frost told a story of one megachurch that padded out a team with millions of dollars and sent them to a slum in India. The team flew over and swept in triumphantly, gathering the residents to tell them the glad tidings of their arrival and what they were planning to do.