Who You Are

“Some people think You just live in cathedrals made of stone

But I know You live inside my heart, I know that it’s Your home

And I’ve seen You in a sunset and in the eyes of a stranger on the street

That’s who You are to me

You’re amazing, faithful, love’s open door

When I’m empty You fill me with hunger for more

Of Your mercy, Your goodness

Lord, You’re the air that I breathe

That’s who You are to me

Who You are to me”


Those are the lyrics by Chris Tomlin to his song “Who You Are.” Over the past few months, I have listened to this song and several others of his as I run and pray. Prayer while running has always been very therapeutic for me. It is a time when I feel very close to God and open up my heart to feel His presence and His guidance.

This song has been particularly helpful to me during this time. Our world has been turned upside down this year - what used to be something that blessed others (hugging and inviting people to get physically near to us) now are actions that could potentially harm them. So, how do we find our way?

As this song reminds us:

We look to God’s amazing and faithful love!

We know that He is with us in our hearts always!

We know that if we open our eyes, we can see Him all around us – in the sunset, or in the eyes of strangers on the street!

I pray for our church that we will remember these great truths. As we look at regathering, it is my hope and prayer that we keep in mind these truths we hold in common. We all may have different viewpoints on the particulars, but if we can keep in mind that all of us love God and if we are actively seeking to see God within each other, we just might make it! Let’s place others' needs in front of our own and strive to be more like Christ in mercy and goodness.

I know I am far from perfect and these words are just as much written for me as you. I am going to continue to run and pray and strive to grow closer to understanding God’s guidance and I encourage you to as well.

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