Tears And Love

The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger. – Frederick Beuchner 

Last night I got to listen to a team of six people from Faith Community Church share their personal experience serving God in Zambia last month. In a way it’s hard to both share and understand a life altering experience like theirs. Our team who went to Zambia found it hard to help the rest of us really understand what God did in them and through them. For those who didn’t go to Zambia, it’s was hard to really feel what the team felt deeply in their soul simply because we weren’t there. But every time someone from the team shared a story, and they couldn’t hold back tears, there was an immediate translation. I immediately knew that they had encountered the heart of God for the world they lived in. They had seen poverty and been moved by it. They had seen the injustice of hunger and been angered by it. They had seen generosity shared with them by people with so much less than them and they’d been sobered by the experience. They had also encountered God, and the power of Gospel, in ways they had not before and their tears moved my heart. As the Frederick Beuchner quote says, “The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.” My question to you my reader is simply this: where is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger, and what do you need to change in your life in order to more freely serve the kingdom of God and feel God’s pleasure as you work in that place?

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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