We often share the Lord’s Prayer together during our worship services, and in that prayer we say, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.”
I often wonder what the kingdom of God really looks like here on earth, and I think I got a glimpse of that this past Sunday. As I looked out at your faces, I saw men and women, children and youth, black and white, gay and straight, married and single, hearing and hearing impaired, those walking, and those in a wheel chair, those who are sick and failing in health, and those who are robust and full of life. As I scanned the congregation it suddenly occurred to me how diverse we are becoming, and I wondered if God was smiling down on us as our voices united in praise.
Whether we want to accept it or not, our congregation is growing and changing. Somehow the word is getting out that we are a church that believes God really does love all people, and folks are testing the waters to see if this could really be true.
Being true community is risky business! You never know who might walk through our doors seeking eternal nourishment, and the love and acceptance of an embracing community of faith. Can diversity be uncomfortable? Definitely. But thanks be to God that we, like the disciples, are being called away from our comfort zones, and into this work of Love that changes lives—beginning with our own.
“Bidding God, may your kingdom come, and your will be done at Highland Baptist Church.” ~ Nina Maples