The Art of Flourishing
As we receive God’s goodness and love, the Holy Spirit fills us to overflowing and compels us to share God’s love with others. Jesus is making us into wounded healerspeople whose scars and stories, by God’s power, are providing healing and hope to others. As Christ’s church, we have the privilege and responsibility of partnering with Jesus to bring about God’s Kingdom on earth.
We continually invite the Spirit to open our eyes and our imaginations to God’s dreams for our community. We ask, “Lord, what are your dreams for our neighbors, neighborhoods and schools? How would you like to renew our city, our systems and our land?” And God is answering our prayers! The Spirit is unleashing Kingdom seeds in each of us and is guiding us to specific works of justice and mercy for the healing and the flourishing of our city.
"What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an
orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (MSG)