by: Elizabeth Krolak
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:19)
How God creates Church:
God puts two or three messed-up people
In the same place and the same time,
And gives them the deep, deep longing to be with one with God
There is so much joy, and yet—
God does not make it completely clear
How this church of two or three,
In this time
and this place
Is to happen.
They make mistakes.
It gets messy.
Some get hurt,
Some don’t understand,
Some can’t bring themselves to receive
The love that is already given them.
Arrives with the holy longing—
It lands confused
And lonely in their hearts.
In the middle of it all, God opens those hurting hearts.
Jesus is there,
Loving the hurting ones into loving
Those other messed-up people around them,
And that is church,
Created by God,
And it is good.