If you live anywhere near me and are searching for a church, please consider Life House East. We are located inside the Leitersburg Theaters, which are set to re-open next month. I have never in my life felt so at home at a church. This is truly where we belong and where we feel called to be. I am involved in lots of things, which really makes you feel a part of what's going on. Kyle and I are in charge of the nursery, which they call Babies Rock and I now attend the Momz Rock lifegroup on Tuesdays.
The church service this morning was incredible. Pastor Patrick is doing a new sermon series on scars. I totally agree with the idea that "everyone has a story." And, I totally agree that we should ask ourselves "Where is God in my story?"
Lyrics to Addison Road's "What Do I Know of Holy?"
I made You promises a thousand times.
I tried to hear from Heaven,
But I talked the whole time.
I think I made You too small.
I never feared You at all - No.
If You touched my face, would I know You?
Looked into my eyes, could I behold You?
What do I know of You,
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood,
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?
I guess I thought that I had figured You out.
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save.
Those were only empty words on a page.
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be;
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees
What do I know of Holy?
What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame?
And a God who gave life "its" name?
What do I know of Holy?
Of the One who the angels praise?
All creation knows Your name,
On earth and heaven above.
What do I know of this love?
I cried throughout the entire song this morning. I wept. I bawled. The line "Then I caught a glimpse of who you might be, the slightest hint of you brought me down to my knees" really spoke to me. Kyle and I were discussing on the way home from church how the experience of losing Gabriel has brought us so much closer to God. It has made Him, and our relationship with Him so real. And, we know that others who have not been given the priviledge of suffering, and therefore seeing this new eternal perspective, do not see things the way we now see things. We are so blessed.
I also loved the line "What do I know of Holy? Of the One who the angels praise?" Of course, this made me think of my angel. Wondering what that eternal perspective is all about? It's when you realize that everything about this life here on earth is temporary. It is so small. The goal is to get to Heaven. It is what we should be focused on everyday.
The easiest way to think about it is trying to imagine making a timeline of your life. The time spent on earth will look like a dot compared to the everlasting life we will have with Jesus. So, in a lot of ways, none of this really matters. Does that mean we should give up? No. Keeping loving people. Keep telling people your story. And don't leave out the part about Jesus.