Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Back to the Future

[Blogger's note: This was the Musings for rehearsal publications of Wednesday, 4/18/07. I've been too scattered to get it published until today (4/25/07).]

I want to start this next segment of the year by expressing my appreciation for your ministry to the church family on Easter morning … not just to one service or the other, but the WHOLE church family.

About two hours after the benediction on Easter morning, we hit the road on a long trip to take the Toothpick to see a couple of colleges in Pennsylvania and to take the whole family to see a part of the country we had never traveled to as a family: Lancaster County (Pennsylvania Dutch country). During the trip, sounds from Easter morning echoed in my head constantly. After each service I had numerous people come to me to express their appreciation for the role the music played in their Resurrection Journey. As we traveled up the road to I was still getting messages of appreciation from people calling my cell phone.

Each of our worship leadership team did something that only they could do to make the message of Christ’s sacrifice and victory over sin, death, and the grave come alive in our hearts and minds. In my mind, the interaction of different instrumental and vocal skills coming together to lead people in worship is a great picture of how the body of Christ is put together. Different skills, different instruments, different personalities all come together to do (and to be) more than we could possibly do (or be) alone … all to the glory of God.

The events of Monday morning on the campus of Virginia Tech remind us that, despite the victory of the resurrection, we live in a world that remains painfully broken. The jagged edges of that broken world tore horrible gashes in the lives of many … gashes that will leave scars and empty places for years to come. The senseless deaths made the darkness of a sin-sick world frighteningly palpable. Events like that serve to remind us of the urgency of our mission as believers in Christ. We are called to take God’s light and poke holes in the darkness. We are called to bring hope to people who see no way out. This the power of the cross: Son of God slain for us. What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.

There is a lot of darkness out there. The question of how to poke the holes in that darkness is the constant challenge to followers of Christ. Some of us may poke holes in different ways and places than others. One thing I do know: we must go out there to poke the holes. That’s enough to think about for now.


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