Denver, June 28, 2010: The recordings live on of an American family. The voices are garbled and the sound of tape flipping is apparent but the spirit can still be made out. The voices of Scottish grandparents, the young professional couple and the kids can be heard. There are no instruments but it sounds a little like a mix of traditional Scotland meets Tony Bennet and Broadway in a variety show! One thing that comes across is love for one another and it demonstrates how far we have been removed from being a culture that makes its music accessible a key to passing on a legacy of love. While the tape breaks down, the memory doesn’t and hearing it reminds us that when it was recorded in my parent’s living room not only was music accessible, so were the stories from all generations, the culture; and our lives- an open book. There was plenty of advice to go around but in a non-legalistic society, grace was granted without threat of a lawsuit. That is the definition of love and what a family of faith, hope and love should aspire to be. Keep short accounts, share the story, songs, and pass on the spirit that reflect God’s plan, Jesus’ song, and live the legacy inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Meanwhile in Denver cross culture happens in the community
We come from different places, different experiences and faith background but even the most avid atheist believes in something and yearns for community and family. This is true as we begin to peel back the hurts in various neighborhoods in Denver. The cross cultural outreach to the sojourners and followers of Jesus Christ are there. People with disabilities, and the homeless have a home in the house church and are welcomed. Immigrants and damaged souls are invited to give it up, bring it in, and partake in the common union in Five Points, in Elyria, Globeville, Washington Park, City Park, and Park Hill.
Community is defined as the common union. What do we all have in common? All of us have in common that we have a need for fellowship and a family. We all seek what is true and genuine in our world which is filled with plastic and fake accessories- but that is not who we are in God’s eyes. As we walk and pray for the neighborhoods we see more dimensions to what we have in common. The addictions, the afflictions, the disabilities and the emotional hurts and rejections are there- in the Gay Bars, in front of the liquor store, in front of the Planned Parenthood and the walk down Colfax. All people search for belonging and all people are looking for a Savior. The truth begins with that we all need a savior- and we get one who takes all of our junk to the cross. The hero dies for us, but he lives for us too. Our pay back? To proclaim the message, to sing Jesus’ song and to watch and pray, invite and make the truth accessible to all, a living legacy passed on to all.