Devotions from New Orleans: “Eyes Wide Open”

Well, today is our last day of the Gathering. We’re getting ready to receive our benediction back to our everyday lives — whether that’s school or work. The hard part about leaving a place like New Orleans and experiences like the Gathering is keeping the momentum going. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had some considerable highs this week when it comes to our faith and our time together as friends and as children of God. So how do we keep that momentum going? Today’s song can hopefully help us with that.
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The line that continually sticks out to me in this song — and it’s the prayer I have for us as we come home — is this:

“God, bruise the heels we’ve dug in the ground, that we might move closer to love.” 

I think our everyday lives can be so polarized by who we are and who we want to be. We live in a very dualistic society. Democrat or Republican. Christian or non-Christian. Cool or uncool. Rich or poor. Gay or straight. The list goes on and on. But the prayer that keeps echoing for me as we prepare to leave this place and go home is that God would bruise the heels that we’ve dug in the ground against each other. Against our neighbors and against our friends.

Because the only thing worth moving toward is love.

What are the things that keep your heels dug in? What are those issues or those things that keep us from loving people? How can we loosen the grip our heels have and move closer to love?

These are the questions we’re pondering today. May it be so.

Cheers,
Eric

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Comments

  1. Thanks for your devotionals this week, and this one in particular. Great sending prayer/song!

    • Thanks, Terri. Believe it or not, this one was Megan’s idea. It was a great week, and I think these just provided a new avenue to think about some of the things that we saw, heard, and experienced. I was sad we couldn’t connect with you guys, but we’ll be back in Minneapolis at the end of August, and were planning on swinging by campus. We’ll have to try to catch each other then! Hope you got back safe!

      • Perfect. And keep listening to those ideas from you wife…they are good (and you are gifted!).

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