FROM DREAM TO A NEW BUILDING, AND MORE
As I watched the pageantry of a Samoan congregation dedicating — at last — its new multi-purpose building on Santa Rosa’s west side, I dreamed a dream that never may come true. And yet . . air jordan xx3 black red white 318376 061 authentic air jordan 23 . this building came true . air jordan 1 mid white 554724 104 kicksstore eu . iphone 6 custodia antiurto . adidas yeezy 350 donna .
In my dream, I saw a stunningly-detailed, brightly-colored removable hanging on the bare wall behind the portable pulpit, beneath the pair of high windows. This would be a quilt made by my wife Judy’s sister, Barbara, whose work is seen in juried shows. She executes with a variety of techniques, teaching them to dropped-jaw artists just learning what a needle and imagination can do.
The scene would be Transfiguration, from the New Testament. a basso prezzo new balance blu scarpe da ginnastica classiche custodia portafoglio iphone 5 Jesus takes three disciples to a mountain-top, where he seems suddenly to be clothed in blinding white. custodia iphone 6 anello His face is radiant. The disciples think they see Jesus’ greatest predecessors, Moses and Elijah. Then reality returns, but it’s a different reality for the disciples. custodia per iphone x da cintura The transformation in the story surely was their own.
I thought of this on March 5, 2011 because it was the day before the Christian day of Transfiguration, of course.
But besides that — and much more importantly — the whole event I was witnessing was one of transformation. The dream of a tiny handful of Samoan Americans, for a church in their historic tradition for their growing community in Sonoma County, California had been hatched exactly twenty years earlier. A former pasture at the edge of a city of 155,000 — seat of government for a half-million people — henceforth would house a new kind of flock. The pasture already had a pastor.
Transformation was very much on the minds of speakers, members and visitors that day earlier this month. custodia iphone 6 rs Early dreamer Maulupeivao “Tusi” Yanlan had had in mind that Santa Rosa could in some way be transformed with the help of very special gifts that Samoan Christians can bring. The Rev. Edward Sunia, the pastor, certainly wants the pastoral presence of this newly equipped community to make a difference.
The church where Judy and I are active has for 18 years been the temporary home of the Samoan Congregational Christian United Church of Santa Rosa. nike lunar magista ii flyknit black 852614 001 Our members in First Congregational United Church of Christ, the sponsoring fellowship, often testify to the remarkable spirit that has grown in this, one of the oldest congregations in town, because of the Samoans.
I would say they have brought to us transformation. A fast, simple reading of scripture may make it seem as though the focus of the biblical transformation story is Jesus, but it is not. release reminder adidas yeezy boost 750 light brown chocolate It is about dramatic change in the witnesses. achete en ligne nike air max 97 femme mode It’s such deepening of spirit in us — ordinary Christians — that people want to see, if they are to care at all whether or not there is another church in town.
Our Samoan friends exhibit that spirit all the time, as if they cannot help it.
So some day, when they use their new space for worship, I wish they might be able to hang a vibrant graphic message that, because they’ve already gotten the deeper message, they will perceive in what otherwise is seen as the Transfiguration of Jesus. A real life miracle is when the transformation is ours.