I sat at the coffee shop for two hours last night. They closed at 9. Still in need of space, I walked Loring Park, loitered on the walking bridge, and sat for a time on a concrete slab near the Walker Art Center – praying over Minneapolis and our part in this big city.
Having grown up in the corn fields of Indiana, I don’t know that I ever imagined living in the urban space. I suppose I don’t often imagine much of what lies years down the road, so maybe that means little. I think Youth Encounter had a part in prepping me for this time (six years now) in The Cities. During my time with them, I walked the streets of many heavily populated cities around the world — Lagos, Mumbai, Delhi, Manila, Hong Kong, to name a few. As much as I tense and ache for the open, I know there is great need for the work of God to be done in this place. Tim Keller often gives great perspective on mission to the city.
In cities you have more image of God per square inch than anywhere else on Earth ~ Tim Keller
— Alan Hirsch (@alanhirsch) April 15, 2014
It's true that we must bring the gospel to the city. But we should also recognize how much the city brings the gospel to us.
— Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) July 8, 2015
Flesh and blood lie 'neath the stone and steel – and a whisper 'neath the noise.
— Ua Vandercar (@UaMV) September 26, 2015
I must admit, I have not engaged our community as I ought. I have not fellowshipped with our neighbor to any great degree. I’ve failed to be faithful to the calling in numerous ways, I am sure. God forgive me. And move. Move in us that we might sense your every gentle nudge to move for you. Calm our heart. Keep our minds clear, our motives pure, and our strength from waning. Let us give ourselves over to Your will and the work of Your kingdom. For the glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.