God is With Us

Dearly Beloved,

God is with us -- bidden or unbidden. I was reminded of this these last few days as I gathered with the Rocky Mountain Conference's Anti-Racism Ministry Team on which I have agreed to serve. God is with us -- bidden or unbidden. And yet there is power in the bidding, in the invoking, in the inviting. Perhaps it is in bidding God that we open ourselves more fully to God's presence that is always with us -- bidden or unbidden. Perhaps it is in invoking God that we surrender more fully the control that was never really ours. Perhaps it is in inviting God that we accept more fully the radical invitation to be ourselves and to live into our own belovedness. 

God is with us  -- bidden or unbidden. And yet there is power in the bidding, the invoking, the inviting.

I think it's much the same with confirming our faith, with affirming our faith, with choosing to become officially confirmed in the church as Jeslyn and Mya Haux will be doing this Sunday. Being confirmed certainly isn't necessary for being full participants in God's beloved community. Being confirmed is not a prerequisite for claiming our identity as God's beloved children. Being confirmed is not a prerequisite for being Christian or a follower of Christ. And yet. And yet, there is power in affirming our faith. There is power in exploring and expressing what it means to us to be people of faith -- who or what we believe God/Christ/Holy Spirit to be and what difference that makes. And there is power for a community to have people in our midst take such a journey. 

I hope you'll join us on Sunday as we welcome Mya and Jeslyn Haux into full membership into our congregation and as they affirm their faith. It is indeed an occasion for celebration!

I look forward to seeing you then!

With peace and love,
Thandiwe