The following post is the first in a series that will reflect the content and musings of our Introduction to Wits' End Class. The first class was co-taught by Becca Shirley and Phil Nellis, the conversation focusing around the theology of belonging at Wits' End Church.
It has been a transformative season for our church … one that has called for perseverance, patience, and a great deal more trust than any of us could have imagined. Once again (it’s surprising how often it fits!) we have been living the story of our namesake from Psalm 107 … finding God’s presence and power at work when the proverbial waves of life lurch and loom.
Ten years ago, when the dream of our community was born, the hope of the founding few was to grow a place where people could safely cry out to God. Though many of the faces have changed over the years, weary souls continue to gather at their proverbial “wits’ end” (vs. 27), still desiring to know God and to find a community where their own faith can be reborn. In remaining with each other week by week, year by year, we have known the sweetness of stillness and deliverance (vs. 29-30) as God has calmed the seas around us again and again.
This Psalm has served as a spiritual home for our community. They are words that remind us of who we are and who God is. And so, to open our time together in this first class session, I read portions of the Psalm aloud.
Afterwards, another in the group spoke of particular resonance with verse 2: “let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story (NIV).” Or from the ESV, “let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” This is what we are to do, she said.
Indeed, this is the very purpose for which we gather for this class … we hope that these conversations will enable more awareness, wider ownership, and freer celebration of the story of God’s unfailing love that is uniquely told in this community.
I wonder what it stirs in you?