12. I learned that…God is a generative, creative, grace-centered God.
You learn something about God when you try something new. The Psalm writers sing new songs. Isaiah, hopes for ‘a new thing’. Jesus describes a ministry around new wineskins. John sees a new heaven and a new earth. God is a generative, creative God.
And I’ve learned that in risking something new or creative, God’s grace comes to the fore.
Maybe it’s because we need grace so badly when we have no idea what we’re doing. Maybe it’s because when you see small signs of growth, you know they’re only by some miracle. Maybe it’s because when you see a community formed and growing, you glimpse something beautiful.
Grace gives this.
Who knows how long it might last. Churches, services, congregations, denominations, pastors, leaders, new energies have come and have gone since the beginning of the Christian movement. Everything is changing, all the time. So what then?
I want to enjoy the grace of the generative, creative, loving God. Every time I see it. And so far, nearly 10 years as a pastor, I have.
What a gift! Thanks to everyone I’ve met on the journey so far!