Thursday, October 25, 2012

Be God's


Several Fridays ago, we had a Vision reunion, and it was one of the most beautiful things that has ever happened. We sang the anthem of the summer, Be God's, and I looked around at the faces of friends I had done Vision with, friends I hadn't participate in Vision with, and older Vision alum I had just met. 

I felt the air shimmer with that sparkle of beautiful otherworldly love and joy.
It was a birthday kind of joy.
And as I sat in one of my favorite chapels on campus, and watched the colored light shine through the stained glass windows and hit the white walls, and plunked out notes on the piano. Only music can really capture that sort of birthday joy.
I thought of all the people whose lives are those colored glass that the light shines through.


For you created me and shaped me, Gave me life within my mother’s womb. 

There is nowhere on earth I can escape you: Even the darkness is radiant in your sight


with love everlasting you besiege me
And I thought of the song again. Each week, as we sent the high school students on their way, we would sing the song Danielle Rose composed for Vision ten years ago. “Be God’s Love," we sang, "where the world is hopeless, be God’s hope, be God’s rock, be God’s smile,” encouraging them and our fellow mentors to be Christ for others.
But that anthem, is an even deeper call to allow ourselves to be God’s child completely. A call for each of us to recognize how completely we are God’s.
I am God's love. His beloved.
 If there was only one reason for God to smile—it would be you. If there was only one person God had to love, it would be you. If God was depending on only one person to heal the world, it would be you, in your own particular way, however small. All God needs of me is my emptiness and lowliness, which is supes convenient, because that's what I have to offer.
And that was my birthday gift to God.
      
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you/ Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.


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