Broken Church, Tiptoe People
“Oh, that’s the church where broken people go.” This was a response someone gave to one of our members when asked what church she attended and she said All Saints Dallas. Yes, that is some of what we are known for. The place where broken people go.
The Old Testament reading for the 3rd Sunday of Advent is Isaiah 61:1-4 part of which says, “The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.” Who are the poor? Those who seek the rightousness of God. Did you hear yourself read that? We are all broken people. We are all in need of healing. Spiritual, emotional, physical and mental. We expect to be transformed and experience healing in small and big ways. That is because we are Advent people. Advent is a season of expectation, hope, and looking forward. Our stance is one on our tiptoes, expecting to experience an encounter with Him.
Therefore, Isaiah 61:4 says, “they (the healed) shall build up the ancient ruins and raise up the former devastations. They shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” Healed people heal cities, healed cities heal nations, healed nations heal the world. Yes, the spirit of the Lord is upon us and has anointed us to bring good news to the poor. Isaiah 61:1, do you know that good news? Are you frustrated, discouraged, indifferent or just angry? I cannot speak and every one of your situations, but Jesus Christ can. He is closer to you than you are to yourself.
Healed people are also generous people. As you know, this is a crucial month for the ASD operating budget and Crossroads campaign. Click here to read the email sent last week giving our financial update and encouragement to operate out of a generous heart.
Yes, we want the broken people, which means all people, to come and experience God’s healing and hope. We want to be people standing on their tiptoes in expectation of how God meets our needs and pray “thy kingdom come.”