Musings From Brandon Loper.
If God is redeeming the Earth to be heaven, then San Francisco is an obvious place to start, it’s half-way there.
I ‘m heading out for my 5th week in a row of travel on the road for work. The first half for commercial work and the second half for my documentary A Film About Coffee. It’s a tough life on the road and it can be even harder when you feel disconnected from your family and friends, and are “too busy” to spend time in God’s presence. But God’s spirit has been drawing me and the latter is what I’d like to focus on in this letter to you.
About two years ago, I had recently returned from a long work trip and was desperately awaiting my return to the Lighthouse community. The Merry Way happened to be at Lighthouse that day leading us in worship. I have to preface this next statement with the consideration that you might not believe me. Standing in the middle of the sanctuary that day, I heard from God, “these are your people.” This struck a chord with me and I truly believe that he meant the people of Lighthouse. The body of Christ that makes up the Lighthouse community is ever changing. It ebbs and flows with the seasons of the Bay Area, it’s not necessarily a straight forward, “always the same” season. Sometimes we have incredible stretches of rain like in January of 2006, and sometimes it feels like a drought similar to the one we are experiencing in 2014.
What I do know is that God is always with us. I’m making this point mostly for myself, but I think it’s crucial for you to remember as well. There is a scripture that I have written on my heart for some time now, and it goes like this.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I used to draw hope from the “young men stumble and fall” since that was a good way to describe my younger years. Now I find hope in “the Lord will renew their strength” because that’s where I am. I need more of God’s strength as decisions get harder and consequences become more and more serious. (not to mention being a new father).
“These are your people”…. I have to admit that I have become completely unavailable to anyone. And I’d like to say sorry for that. We all need each other, and I especially need you.
I’ve been focusing on a prayer list for my family these past weeks and that has been great to focus. If you’d like me to pray for you, I would really enjoy that. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This song, Safe Place, has especially helped me feel God’s presence and shake all of the troubles off and feel God’s love.
In closing, I'd like to encourage you to be ready for the seasons that you experience. In the winter you pull out your rain boots and jacket and in the same way in a "spiritual" winter there is also some heart preparation you can do. It is a lonely place feeling disconnected from God and I think when those times come we hold on to this fact. God Loves Us.