I was eating lunch today at Rockfish in Ft. Worth and saw a white-haired, distinguished looking older gentleman walk in and sit down at a table within eyesight of mine. I recognized that he was Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House(1987-1989), and I checked with a waitress, who was paying close attention to him, to make sure it was him. I decided to stop by his table to introduce myself and to by chance get an autograph from him for my kids. He was happy to talk with me as he wrote them a note about doing well in school. He told me that he is now teaching some at Texas Christian University. I couldn't help but think of how powerful he was while representing Texas in the House and then, of course, as the Speaker. I remember reading about him in newspapers growing up and then in Political Science classes. His name is now in the news everyday around here as the Wright Amendment continues to be debated and discussed and as he writes a weekly column. What a great man to serve his state, country and to take time talking with people like me who approach him in a restaurant.
I just read the following quote that seems appropriate for these days,
"The kind of thinking that will solve the world's problems will be of a
different order to the kind of thinking that created those problems in the
Albert Einstein, as quoted in "The Shape of Things to Come," Frost and
I found this prayer, written by Bo Prosser of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in January for Tsunami vicitims. I adapted it for the hurricane victims and it is a great way to pray without ceasing during this time. Thanks Bo!
Pray while brushing your teeth…the [Hurricane] victims may not be able to brush theirs today.
Pray while cooking...the disaster victims may not have food today.
Pray after a dream…those left behind in this terrible wake may not sleep today.
Pray as you eat…that all will have some morsel of food today.
Pray as you commute to work…the disaster victims don’t have roads today.
Pray as you “click” your remote control…many don’t have homes today.
Pray as you put money in the vending machine…that you may give selflessly to relief efforts.
Pray as you lock yo ur doors tonight…that all may have shelter today.
Pray when your phone rings…that all might be connected to someone today.
Pray when you see the pictures of the devastation…that relief may come quickly.
God’s in the silence! But, God hears us through the Chaos and Noise and Distractions.
Some members of our church made a visit to Broadway Baptist's weekly Agape Meal last night. The community meal is held every Thursday at the church (in the heart of a very needy area just south of downtown) and is for the homeless of Ft. Worth to enjoy. Volunteers arrive early and either host a table or work as servers. Preparations are made and a prayer is said with the volunteers before the doors open at 6pm(there was a long line outside the door today and I hear there are even more people toward the end of each month). Hot towels for refreshment and a quick wash of the hands were distributed (my kids were able to do this last night)
to each person as they came in and were seated at the table-clothed tables with silverware and nametags for each setting. While people were coming in and throughout the meal, a pianist was playing her instrument softly and, later, a man sat at the piano and began playing Beethoven's 5th(not sure if he was a homeless guest or one of the workers--but very good all the same).
Before the meal, one of the BBC staff led everyone in a litany and prayer(I was amazed at the amount of participation) and then the eating began. My son, daughter and I were servers while Jinny was a table host(she is the more loquacious one, which is such an understatement). Others from Highland--Clay and Jody Pickering, Ramses Pulido, were also hosting and serving. Everyone was appreciative of the great meal (Salisbury Steak, potatoes au grautin, salad, bread and some desserts, iced tea, coffee). I could tell that the guests were appreciative for a hot meal, served with AC(it was 100 today), class, personal attention and lots of love.
I see that I'm rambling here, but I wanted to give my kudos to what Broadway is doing as a prime example of a missional body of Christ, demonstrating how a church is taking Christ and His love to its community in such a practical way. I was impressed with the director of the meal--Scott Davis--and his passion for what he does was evident to us all. I also noted that the church's Pastor--Dr. Brett Younger--was right in the midst of it all, hosting a table and being the kind of Pastor that sets a great example of servanthood for the rest of us who wear the cloth.
Our church is new and seeking ways to be missional in our community (north of Ft. Worth in the burbs) as well as to lead people to connect to the life of the inner city. This was a great learning experience for us and I look forward to going back, especially with my neighbors and more from Highland.