“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
On Sept. 12, members from two Troy churches (there were members from other churches, too) came together for a women’s event at Journey Church. Now the other church (Calvary Chapel) could have held this event on their own, but they also realized the importance and the power of TWO.
Then, the very next day, many more churches got together to pray and share at the “Prayer & Praise In The Park.” And the power of TWO became five, six, seven or more. There was no hidden agenda, just raw surrender to the power of praise, worship and prayer. Both events were easy. There wasn’t any disconnect or awkwardness. There was just God in our midst. And when He shows up, there is unity and beauty.
It was a beautiful thing. Much like when you hear a song for the first time and realize, “Hey that was a really good song,” and you want to listen to it four or five more times. I could repeat that weekend about four or five more times. I would let it get deep in my soul, my mind and heart.
I think that is where God wants us to be; in the beautiful things and moments, whether it is the best of times or the worst of times. Our world, our politics or our circumstances didn’t change in that very moment at those two events. But it was still beautiful. And when we join together, we start a change for the best that in time CAN change our world, our politics, our beliefs AND advance His kingdom.
Dickens ends his book with this quote: “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, …” Sounds a bit like Revelations doesn’t it? I can’t wait.
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