Sunday, June 11, 2006

Where is God?

I was recently touched by the lyrics of the song, "Silence", by the group Jars of Clay
Did you leave me unbreakable?
You leave me frozen?
I've never felt so cold
I thought you were silent
And I thought you left me
For the wreckage and the waste
On an empty beach of faith
Was it true?

Cuz I...I got a question
I got a question
Where are you?
The song ends with a wailful repetition of the question, "Where are you?" Sometimes it's good to wallow in doubts, or at least let them come up to the surface and struggle with them honestly. That question seemed to resonate with me last evening.

I've been reading A Testament to Freedom : the Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It is interesting how much he was stressing community. In some places it was like he was pushing this agenda to the expense of other doctrines or niceties-- I think in one place he went so far to gripe about musical performances in churches by soloists, because it didn't build up the community.

Then this Sunday, I had a nice day in my local congregation. Our family actually only did about a third of what was available to us, but I had an especial feeling of being at home and part of a community.

And there in my heart I heard the answer to Jars of Clay's wailing-- that God is found in the community of the visible church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

pffft....god is found in your mind. It's an imaginary friend. You could probably get rid of him with lithium.