To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

From the Heart of Your Welcome Minister..BEAUTY OF THE LORD!

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 by Becki Kneeland


“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord, and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
Use to when I would hear the term, beauty of the Lord, I would think of it as a futuristic word.  It would be something I would experience once I left this life.  I would not know the full meaning of it until the day that I would meet Jesus face to face.  I know that day will be the ultimate but I feel like sometimes we witness it here on earth at the most unsuspected times in the most unsuspected places.
It has been a couple of weeks, since our congregation was shaken to the core by the death of one of our beautiful youth.  I happened to be present at the hospital the night of our loss.  At first, I felt paralyzed with sadness for my dear friends but it was not long until I felt the move of the Holy Spirit.  It felt a little odd…..maybe a little out of place…but I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Don’t miss the beauty of the Lord!”  I was shocked by those words, and thought, there is no beauty in this; however, as I looked it was as if scales dropped from my eyes and God’s Beauty was everywhere.  Here are some of the beautiful things that I saw:
  • A father held his son after finding out one of his best friends had died.
  • Wife and husband clinging to one another in their grief.
  • Worship Arts Pastors embracing and speaking life into one another.
  • Kids gathered in a circle holding hands and praying.
  • A youth pastor that allowed God to direct his every move because he realized he could not do it in his own flesh.
  • Friends who know the pain of losing a child pushed aside their own grief to minister to the family. 
  • A Father standing before a group of people claiming victory in his darkest hour.
  • A mother who was more concerned about a group of young people than her own grief.
  • Big strong men embracing one another without care.
  • A community that loves so passionately that our friends are cared for through the summer.
  • People working behind the scenes to make things happen with no recognition at all.
I researched “The beauty of the Lord” and the writing of Psalm 27.  I found that King David wrote it after he had found out his son, Absalom, had been killed in battle.  He felt like we do today.  He was overwhelmed with grief but at the same time could see the beauty that God had laid before him.  It was at an unsuspected time and in an unsuspected place.  My prayer for our body is that God’s beauty continue to surround each of us in the coming days.

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