I want to say so much, but I also know it's late and I need to wake up early, so I will say this:
This evening, for three hours, a group of pastors and leaders at Sanctuary Church got together to sing and pray and worship and give thanks and talk about vision. It. Was. Phenomenal.
At one point, my friend Morgan looked at me and said, "I feel like this moment (of singing) could have been a choir of angels singing in heaven. That's what it felt like," and IT SO DID.
Let me tell you what: it's one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. It was an ultimate joyful moment because it went beyond singing. It went beyond everyday normal. It was transcendent, all these voices and praises and prayers and hearts lifted up, together, one voice from many. It was a beautiful, soul-filling sound and feeling.
And Andrew talked about passion. He talked about Mary breaking the alabaster jar and anointing Jesus' head with perfume. He quoted Braveheart, the moment where they were about to go down and the leader of the clan threw the king's embalmed heart into the oncoming attack, saying, "Fight for the heart of your king!" And he talked about not disparaging passionate people in order to make ourselves feel better, turning them into something more societally acceptable, lukewarm like the rest of us.
We want to be passionate. One hundred years from now, we want to be known as the people who didn't hold back. Who didn't coast. Who didn't follow the status quo. Let's trust God and be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we heal, we prophesy, we teach, we move mountains. All for the glory of God.
Get ready, my friends. Awesome things are going to be happening in Rhode Island. I can feel it.