Do you believe that we are living in a time of history that will truly prove to be a defining juncture?

When Jesus returns to us, the Church will be as the virgins who had prepared, purchased plenty of oil for their lamps and who were eagerly longing for the glory of the Bridegroom to appear.

This posture of preparation is a picture of the corporate nature of how we are supposed to gather – of holiness, a kindred preference of others and the intense, butterflies-in-the-stomach longing of homesickness.

But oftentimes, Sundays have meant enduring a depression or stress or upset of one day in the week that has all too often reminded us of how Christian community is supposed to be…rather than how it has been for us in reality.

It’s more a syndrome than a clearly-defined set of symptoms. (Why not tell your story? Your testimony is someone else’s sanity).

But imagine the relief of emerging from a thick, enchanted forest, after years of cyclical traipsing, where plotting a course of escape was once impossible. Imagine the freshening air, the sound of surf, and the brighter flares of light as you neared seclusion’s edge.

Now imagine your last few blistered steps as you emerge from the wooded prison, shielding your bewildered eyes from the sunshine and smelling the salt from the ocean.

Imagine finding a boat perfectly prepared and preserved, bobbing reassuringly on the offing of a new vision, for you to embark on a new journey on the open sea of discovery.

Imagine a Dunkirkian convergence of many other embarking boats.

“He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”

— Psalm 18:19

“It’s a holy thing to be wild and free…”

— Jason Upton

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Radical Preparation for the Return of Christ

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