A Message from Sarah Groen-Colyn
Brothers and Sisters, dearly beloved of our Father,
It is with great joy that I write to you, still in the afterglow of the 2012 Wheaton MPCS. I know that each of you has already experienced so much since your arrival "back home." Through prayer we have truly been with one another in spirit in our travels, our rest and play, and our listening obedience. I thank God for each one of you and will continue to pray His protection for the tender new shoots of truth within that will grow into mighty sheltering trees. It is awesome to see God building His church and calling each one of us into becoming and service as artists, earth-keepers, ministers, scholars, truth-tellers, nurturers (and on, and on, for the becoming never ends!).
Even in these first days at home, we've faced trials and temptations that would come against God's healing work in our souls. God speaks His Word of encouragement to us to continue our practice of His presence. Lord, bring to our mind even now any way in which we've strayed, that we may quickly and simply confess and return again to You. We've returned home to a world infested by Baal, we are tempted internally by introspection that would dismantle God's transforming work in our souls, and we must resist the disorientation and darkness around us. Let us not yield to this confusion, trying to blend God's ways with the ways of the world. "Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going" (Ex. 34:12, SAAS; I encourage you to read all of Exodus 34:10-17, for it is our story too). Jesus teaches us, "And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand" (Mark 3:25, NKJV). Praise God that His presence grants us integration in our souls, a united "house" within.
As we walk out the healing God granted during the MPCS, we continue in this inner clarity and purity. "Purity is not a long struggle against that which is impure or forbidden. Rather it is singleness of heart. Catch the great thought that from Him, the Father of Lights, comes every good and perfect gift, and therefore nothing outside of God is worth having or craving" (John Gaynor Banks, The Master and the Disciple, quoted by Leanne in Healing Presence). I rejoice at the subtle and bold steps you all are taking each day to seek Him. With joy I encourage you to persevere! Know that you are an honored member of the most wonderful family, and your brothers and sisters are rooting for you in prayer! See Jesus with the eyes of your heart, looking around at all of us and saying, "Here are My mother and My brothers" (Mark 3:34, NKJV).
Some of you may yet be worried that this singleness of heart will cut you off from loving relationship with those around you. Certainly there are moments in the journey when this seems to be the case, when we must separate ourselves from attitudes and behaviors that lead to death. It is our true calling to be separated from sin and death. Be encouraged, however, that this separation from darkness only deepens our capacity to love the men and women God has created. Christ's presence within empowers us to love those around us by simply and boldly standing in truth. It is supremely loving to see with the clear eyes that He gives. The most wonderfully transforming thing we can do in this darkened place is practice His presence, affirming Another lives in me, Another lives in us! As we do, we are able to see those around us and all of God's world through His eyes, perfect in Christ Jesus. Lord, hasten the day!
I'll borrow Jude's fitting benediction for us (Jude 24-25, NKJV):
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
With much love in Him,