Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Following Up

Last week, I asked you, dear reader, to pray for Tom Sorenson, a sports writer for the "Charlotte Observor" who had decided to attend church for the first time in a long time. If you missed it and want to get caught up, here's a link.

He wrote about his church experience in a recent blog entry, and I wanted ya'll to have the chance to read about it. Check it out here; it's the second post from the top (the one at the top is fairly entertaining too).

I wrote last Wednesday that I thought Tom was a very good writer. In this post, he writes of genuine community, divine mystery, honest vulnerability, love, unPrufrockian boldness, fruitful prayer, heartfelt thanks, and hope. That, my friends, is beautiful writing.

We have no right to demand to see God's kingdom advancing or to see fruit of any labor in which we may partake; it is a graceful gift that God even takes us along for the ride. All the glory and all the credit for all good belong to God. He alone does great wonders (Psalm 136:4). This makes it all the more blessed when he allows us a glimpse at his work, to see that God in fact is not dead, that he still loves, that the Hound of Heaven still hunts after his beloved. I was utterly encouraged by Tom's post. I hope you all were too.

He writes that he doesn't know where to go from here. God still has great, important, unthinkable places to take him. At the risk of having a blog monopolize your prayer time, please pray for him once more, that maybe this Sunday he goes to church not because of football but because of desire.

Thank you all who cared enough, and believed enough, to pray for him last week.

"Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. . . ."

1 comment:

matt said...

That's really wonderful. I was hoping for a followup 'cause I didn't know where to find this guy's column.