Giving up control is scary business. Can church be a place where we learn to be vulnerable with one another, and recognize that vulnerability as the movement of the Holy Spirit? Isaac remembers how a baby consecration wrapped him up into a vulnerable communion with God and companions at Chapel Hill Mennonite. Here’s a taste of his article that appeared in The Mennonite:
Gelassenheit, loving surrender, is not merely emotionalism—although that’s not a bad step for some of us. Gelassenheit names how we surrender our lives to God and open our secured selves to the Holy Spirit who moves us into intimacy and companionship. This is how we give and receive the holy embrace of God, extended to us through Jesus’ nailed-open arms, and displayed in our fellowship of vulnerable, divine love.
In worship we open our arms to receive the intimacy of God’s communion found when eyes meet—or when we shake hands, or share meals, or speak prayers, or exchange words. The eternal love of the Holy Spirit breathes through these gestures, knitting us together into the body of Christ.
Read the entire article by clicking on this link: Re-membering Communion.