I’m looking for you.

autumn leaves
Oak Fall Leaves

I’m looking for you in the rants of the Twitter feed, in the pumpkin-spice flavors of the Facebook page, in the adrenaline boosting headlines of the news at the top of the hour.  But you are not there.

I’m looking for you.
I’m looking for you in this list of the top ten things all great churches do, in a book whose shiny cover promises help in attracting millennials, in the rock band on Sunday morning. But you are not there.

I’m looking for you.
I’m looking for you in neon lights of the shopping mall, in an even smarter new gadget to slide into my pocket, in a credit card swiped and swiped again.  But you are not there.

I’m looking for you.
I’m looking for you in the rain falling on a yellow leaf, in an old hand grasping a young one, in this breath and the next one and the next.
And here you are. Here you are.

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12, kjv

 

Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.


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