Last night, a group gathered on our patio to look in the review mirror of Humble Walk...and the present mirror...to guide us into the next season. When the Holy Spirit first called this community together (five years ago), we choose the name Humble Walk based on Micah 6:8. What does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with God. Think about how much movement is embedded into the very name of Humble Walk. And we certainly take this walking humbly well beyond the metaphorical realm. Humble Walk is constantly moving. We gather all over God's good earth (or rather, in every nook and cranny available in the West End neighborhood). Rare is the day that those gatherings sit still. Small, medium and large active, restless bodies. Our gathered community changes all the time--which is to be expected when you create a community with permeable boundaries. The same Spirit which calls this fluid tribe together continually sends us out. Breathe in. Breathe out. I picture an accordion. In. Out. In out.
This constant welcoming and sending can be challenging for those of us who remain. We figured out pretty quickly that we need to surround those who are being sent with prayer and blessing. Publicly acknowledging these sendings remind us that the Holy Spirit is at work. So we do. Last month, it was the Rimbo family...off to South Carolina to seminary. Last Sunday, it was Katie off to Norway and our kids off to Bay Lake Camp. This week, it's the Fealas off to first call in Nebraska. And in a couple weeks, it's Amy off to internship. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Five year goals seem sort of ridiculous for this community. We function much closer to the present tense. How about five month goals? Rather than thinking way off into the future, we ask: what are the gifts before us right now? And how can we use those gifts?
Last night, I asked our group: Where have you felt met this year? There was much energy around Beer and Hymns, experiential all-age worship, Bay Lake, music, Theology Pub and Wild Things. Are there things you would add to this list?
Breathe in. Breathe out.