My favorite song is “Peace” by Rich Mullins:
Though we’re strangers, still I love you
I love you more than your mask
And you know you have to trust this to be true
And I know that’s much to ask
But lay down your fears, come and join this feast
He has called us here, you and me
And may peace rain down from Heaven
Like little pieces of the sky
Little keepers of the promise
Falling on these souls
This drought has dried
In His Blood and in His Body
In the Bread and in this Wine
Peace to you
Peace of Christ to you
And though I love you, still we’re strangers
Prisoners in these lonely hearts
And though our blindness separates us
Still His light shines in the dark
And His outstretched arms
Are still strong enough to reach
Behind these prison bars to set us free
Today, I came across the blog of another member of my congregation. One of the posts was about our recent congregational struggles, and it turns out that we hold differing beliefs. But I found, as I read that particular blog entry, that I could have written it myself. It contained the same fears, pain, anxiousness, doubt, and hurt that I’ve felt. As I read it, I could feel some of the walls around my heart falling. And so I left a comment, with some of my thoughts.
Later on, I received a response from this blogger, including thoughts on what happens if/when we get to a decision making time. Specifically, what happens when you find yourself in the minority? Do you leave the congregation?
I take my membership seriously. In fact I see many similarities between a commitment to membership in a church, and a commitment to marriage. I think there can be a very few legitimate, spiritual reasons to leave a church, but I haven’t experienced any yet.
When I read that, I found that even more walls were falling, because it so closely resembles some of my own thoughts from a previous blog, even though neither of us had read the other’s writings before. I told Ordinary Spouse, “This is someone that I’d be pleased to worship with, despite our differences.”
This Sunday, we celebrate communion at our congregation. It turns out that the subtitle of the song above is “A Communion Blessing from St. Joseph’s Square”. So to my friends…
Peace to you. Peace of Christ to you.