"...these are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being."
Creation is a transitional season. We are, at Asbury, in a time of shifting...realizing and re-envisioning who we are--a period where we're reaching down deep into the mud of our lives together to find new life in unexpected places. This holy time is precious. Think back to when you were young, and try to remember a day when you were playing out in the sprinkler or sitting, creating things in the mud after a good, long rain. I remember my own parents always in a rush to get me cleaned up--wash my feet, my hands, my head, and put me in "proper" clothes, but the squish and feeling of grass and wet dirt beneath my feet, or that feeling that came with mud caked on my face and hands was one of the most unforgettable and joy-filled memories in my life. Maybe for you, the visions those memories offer for you bring about the same joy.
This spiritual life is a messy ordeal--as it should be, if we allow ourselves to become fully emmersed in it. Our Young Adult group will kick up again during the Fall--probably around the middle of August. Until then, I encourage you to dive in, and begin to pray for us. Speak up if and when you become inspired with desires, visions, or ideas about where we should go next. Until we meet, check out the links on the side panel of this site. They have been helpful to me over the years, and I pray that they will be useful and accessible tools for you throughout the summer as you come and go from work, family, friends, sabbath and all other good things in life.
I'll look forward to seeing you soon--until then, peace for the journey.