Sunday, November 16, 2008

rhythm and grace

my friends jimi and julaine have been journeyers for six or seven months now. when i was standing out on the front lawn of the warehouse after their first sunday to visit, i just thought they were cool people; i didn't know they had been missionaries in belize, and church planters, and knew all these people i knew, and had served with brian mclaren at cedar ridge church, and that jimi had been a rock musician for years back in the 60s and 70s and played witih a bunch of famous people.
i just knew i liked them and they had beautiful souls.
the other part was gravy.
the more we get to know them, it's more and more apparent that they just have warmth, and soul, and love. part of that just comes from god, i think. and part of it comes from serving in ministry in lots of different churches, and interacting with different kinds of people. julaine's like my wife leslie; she has a deeeeeeeeeep intuition about what god is up to; she listens. jimi's more like me; we tell stories and laugh. when they went to belize, and served there with a group of people for eight years, something changed in them. when they got back, they couldn't do the same churchy thing anymore. and they started ... emerging. and emerging-church-ing. and after a few years they ended up in austin, and through bob c they ended up at journey.
and then when we all started sharing our stories, we realized we knew all these same people blah blah blah, and had had very similar ministry experiences that had led us all off the grid.
jimi spoke today in worship gatherings at the jifc warehouse, and it was beautiful. just a man telling his story and encouraging us to get past skin color, and labels, and what we think we know about people, and realize that god prepares a table for us in front of our "enemies," and we're to offer the table to them, and invite them in.
and who knows ... sometimes we're on parallel paths with people, and know lots of the same people, and then you find somebody who's a friend, and you've already been soul friends for a long time and you just didn't know it ...

3 comments:

Anni said...

was the man that was at the gathering last monday? from what you said that seems like him. wish i could have gotten to know him better...

journeyingrick said...

that's the man - and that is THE MAN!

nonprofitprophet said...

amen my brother.