I feel like we covered the city from East to West on foot today and it was amazing. We gathered on top of Bernal Hill, a peak over looking the city, for a conversation about the kingdom of God and Jesus’ invitation to join God in setting the world to rights.We walked through the Mission, Castro and Tenderloin districts ducking into the shops while confronting some beautiful and depraved examples of humanity. We prayed prayers like, “Creator, help me to think your thoughts and feel your feelings about this place and these people.” “God, show me where you are already at work bringing redemption here. From the murals to the cafés it was not hard to see where our God was busy.
“We were faced with some pretty harsh realities today, but in some ways those things were beautiful simply because we saw truth. We saw reality. A lot of that truth, though, was hard to process. As people trying to walk in the way of Jesus, we don’t want that truth to always be the way things are. Sometimes words were not even enough to pray the kind of change we want to see in our world but more specifically in the city we are in this week.”