Wow! I'm all keyed up, pumped up, dialed up, and revved up! (Yes, I should be sleeping right now - I'm on the verge of being old, you know!) But I can't help it. What happened tonight at Bethany House has once again got me flying high!
After having pumped as much of his energy as possible into his flock, there comes a time when a priest begins to feed off the excitement and energy generated by his flock. MAMA Church is at that point! I, as a priest, find myself very often exclaiming "Wow!" as I try to keep up with the talent, energy, and love being unleashed through MAMA Church.
Over the last few months, something has been building within and among us - something of the Lord, of his mission in this world, and his desire to proclaim freedom, life, and salvation to a world that's all too often bound, dying, and without hope. Over the past few months - and, especially, the past few weeks - I'm finding it difficult to get to sleep. My mind is racing with all the amazing things the Lord is beginning to do through and with us!
It all comes down to this: Each of us at MAMA Church is being released into the mission of binding up the broken, bringing light to those in darkness, and proclaiming freedom to the captives. We have gone through a season of preparation and the Lord is beginning to release us in the task of shining his love and making disciples. We are being released to make a difference. We are being released to bring God's kingdom to bear in the world around us.
It's like we were created for this (because we were!). It's like the love of Jesus is so filling us that this mission is flowing out of us without effort. It's like his purpose for our lives is really beginning to be lived out!
Praise the Lord!