If you know me, you know that I live life out loud, in Technicolor, with neon flashing lights highlighting the hallways of my world. Exclamation points excitedly punctuating every sentence I speak! So to say that the quiet, peaceful,eggshell walls of Dayspring were an obvious match for me, would be a gross misrepresentation; after all, the first time I walked through the doors I was a steadfast atheist with a broken marriage, a drug problem and only came on major holidays to appease my mom.
However, it was in that quiet peace, that I first felt the awe inducing, powerful presence of God, as my oldest son was being reborn into the light of the spirit in a horse trough right outside these walls.
It was here, in the awkward placidity of silent reflection that I learned to sit still in the warmth of His Love.
It was here, in the comforting chiming of the hour, that I was welcomed to join, still reeking of the libations of the previous night.
It was a lingering hug and empathetic smile that ushered me slowly into the Christ centered relationships I have built in these rooms.
It was the phone call placed from an office above the chapel, when I was in the darkest self-inflicted purgatory I had ever been in, that reminded me, “No matter how far down, in the darkest cave I could crawl, Jesus was there.”
It was the benevolence offered when I found myself washed ashore and the continued acceptance, without question or judgement.
It is here and it is now, in the greatest moments of my life, the celebrations joined and recognised.
It is all of you, who see me, who really see me. I once was lost, but here, I am found.
Welcome to worship.