Sunday, June 18, 2017
by Laura Field
When I was a kid in school, we’d take big yellow buses to school every day and on special days, we’d go by bus on a field trip to learn something, to share an experience.
Sunday I felt like a kid again, and it wasn’t just because of the bus. It was the not knowing what to expect. It was the greeting we got when we pulled up, and the brown paper bag of goodies we got for our ride home.
It was the energy of the church and the people, for they personify Greater Love. That Margaret Peel, she’s the real deal. We just kept smiling at one another throughout the oil blessing. At one point, I thought I couldn’t smile any wider, and then boom, she did so I did too. I’m smiling just thinking about that moment.
This past Good Friday, we walked the stations of the cross in Englewood, and some 50 days later at Pentecost we got to experience the Holy Spirit in North Lawndale. For this city girl who lives two miles from Wrigley, it’s been amazing. The opportunities to get to know my “neighbors” through the eyes of the heart – theirs and mine – have been nothing less than a privilege.
I’ve always believed that a core part of spirituality is showing up, and this Sunday that belief dropped deeper in me. Thank yous are not enough, but they are a good place to start.
Thank you Peg Roth for being the pied piper and always inviting us to join you. Thank you Vince Guider and Rachel Lyons for committing yourselves to this ministry. Thank you Michelle Bella and Kate Ronan Sizemore for the invite last year to play at the North Lawndale block party. Thank you Kathy Powers for greeting students every Friday morning at the crack of dawn. Thank you The Greater Love Church of God in Christ, you are gracious, musical and filled with spirit. God’s goodness is pouring through you. Thank you for inviting us to witness and participate in it.
You are the ones who have put flesh on this idea of kinship for me, and I’m grateful because your “yeses” have paved the way for my own. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for stepping up and into the dream God has for you. It matters more than you know.