First, it’s Tuesday not Monday, but yesterday was the Fourth and we all were enjoying some aspect of a beautiful summer day. Second, today is July 5 and this day holds special significance for Charlotte and me. Nine years ago today we moved to New York City and settled into the Heights.
In my journal of March 31, 2002, a little over three months before we arrived in New York City, I wrote: “Last night before we fell asleep, I told Charlotte that instead of saying that God is leading us to plant a multi-ethnic church in Manhattan, I would like to say that God is leading us to plant a church that reflects the face of Manhattan. The mystery of the church is that it is inclusive, not exclusive. In Christ we are heirs together (with Israel), members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. I can in my heart of hearts, or in my spirit, see people from every nation, tribe, people and language coming together in Manhattan to praise and glorify the Lamb—the risen Lord Jesus Christ!”
It’s strange how I forget those words that the Spirit puts in my heart, but then as I go back I discover that the Spirit doesn’t forget. Over the past several months the Spirit has been showing that our church in the Heights will look like the Heights. The glory of our God will be reflected in the face of each one of us.
Our brother Jose leaves today for Los Angeles on his way to the Dominican Republic. What a privilege it was for us to pray over him and commission him Wednesday evening! Let’s continue to lift him in prayer.
To the glory of God!