April 28th, 2019
It’s funny how so many sermons drive me nuts, but somehow the spirit sends me a message amongst the madness. Last week, I was caught by the pastorʻs conclusion about the migration of Kolea birds who would return home within the upcoming week. When he petitioned if any of us were being called home this season, he had no idea how much this idea has plagued me throughout the past two and a half years. Itʻs as if each and every day of the Trump presidency has convinced me that my home at the church was nothing more than an illusion. I wish I could say it burned down or was destroyed because then there would always be the chance that it could be rebuilt, but it just never was. . .
Surely, my real spiritual home can be found at the various surf breaks that I frequent each morning. I worship the son as it shines on my face (יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ) with puffs of Peleʻs glow while the ocean below embraces me. The sea spray sings as it slings back and forth while I glide from side to side, attempting to harmonize with the tides of majestic waves. And there is no better fellowship than the diverse group of friends who come from all faiths, ethnicities, and walks of life to share the moment with me.
Yet, at the same time, I felt like I was being called home that Easter morning. I donʻt know where that home is or what it looks like and it might just be that I will learn to appreciate my surf home, because. . . well, it’s pretty good. But I donʻt think God would want me to study the Bible for ten years and not use my knowledge to help others so they can find a home that wonʻt end up leaving them stranded in illusion.
Welcome to LaneSkiʻs “Search For Church”
[May] Adonai bless you, and guard you –
- יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
- (Yevhārēkh-khā Adhōnāy veyishmerēkhā …)
[May] Adonai make His face shine unto you, and be gracious to you –
- יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
- (“Yāʾēr Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viḥunnékkā …)
[May] Adonai lift up His face unto you, and give to you peace –
- יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
- (“Yissā Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viyāsēm lekhā shālōm.“)
- Numbers 6:24–26: