Something does not have to be big or loud or fancy to be sacred. Holiness doesn’t rest in the décor, or formality of a place. We build sanctuaries and play organs and gather in beautiful buildings and wear nice clothes to remind ourselves of the greatness of our God, and our need for one another, not because that is where God lives.
This weekend, at the Refuge, we’re doing what we call an “Immersive Scripture Experience” – an interactive way of engaging with the stories of scripture, specifically, Jesus’s encounter with the Rich young ruler. Take the time to consider your story – what is your story of meeting Jesus, and how do you still meet him today?
The young woman is Taylor Swift, the pop superstar, and in the recently released documentary about her on Netflix, you watch her learn one of her albums received no major Grammy nominations and her immediate spiral into shame, self-loathing, and a clear sense of inadequacy.
Whew, y’all. January is second only to summer as the most intense season of my year. Confirmation is part of the Youth Ministries, so in the past three weeks, we’ve had Confirmation Baptism, our biggest Revolution Weekend ever, Confirmation Retreat, Spring kick-off for the Refuge, and Confirmation Sunday.