Fill This House
I’m convinced that we have to reimagine the house to include our neighborhood and our world and all of those who will not likely enter the front doors of this church, but may come to a book study or an enneagram workshop, an animal blessing or a trail walk. Extraordinary things happen when the people of God gather, regardless of when and where that gathering takes place because all who feast on God’s grace are compelled by that grace to share it with the world.
Annie Dillard, wrote an amazing reflection on the church that I share often. She writes: “The enormous temptation in all of life is to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. The trouble with that is that God and the world are wider than that in all directions; more dangerous and more bitter; more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.”
She is right. The feast that is offered by God is so amazing. And we are so often distracted by the itsy bitsy in life. But God is more extravagant and bright than we can even imagine. What a feast we have to share! Christ invites us to the table to experience the extravagant grace of God that will not only change us, but will change the world.