Signs not shrines


John, one of our regular readers, went through an experience adjusting to the deaths of his parents while living in the same house he grew up in that they occupied for 45 years. He spoke of similar feelings that I wrote about being in my neighbor’s house which was for sale following her passing, yet still had her furniture and everything arranged the way she had it. I related that I had felt the presence of my neighbor somehow in the house, and John experienced the same thing with his parents, until he decided to rearrange the furniture, add some new pieces — a new bedspread here, a table and lamp over there — and change things around from the way his parents had it, and lo and behold, it felt like a different place, no longer “haunted” by the old memories. Now we’re not talking about ghosts here, just memories, and feeling unable to break away from former feelings and impressions. The new arrangement gave him a fresh start.

Here at the Catch, we talk a lot about standing on the edge of a new frontier. That frontier is the frontier the millennial generation will be walking into. We have a strong representation of millennials who have made a connection with our vision, our mission and our message of Grace Turned Outward. They have also made a connection — as much as they know about it — with the spiritual revolution of the Jesus Movement. We are on the edge of a new spiritual revolution; some think it has already begun. But it won’t be like the Jesus Movement; it could never be like that again.

That’s why we boomers need to clear the room for them. They need to start fresh without the cobwebs and the furniture of our experiences. It’s not about memories; it’s about frontiers. We will look back only long enough to find what is relevant to today and bring it forward. That’s what Music that Mattes is all about. It’s not about going back to an earlier time; it’s about bringing the earlier time forward and letting it speak into today. That is a big difference. And that’s what the Jesus Movement means to today. Bring it forward, and whatever won’t go forward, leave it back there. We are not creating shrines to the past; we are creating signs for the future — signs that will point the way to the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward — to everyone, everywhere.


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5 Responses to Signs not shrines

  1. Gary Mintchell says:

    Good thoughts, John. We don’t need to throw out everything. The essay provoked memories of when I first picked up a guitar and there were civil rights songs and songs of the spirit I learned from the Catholic kids I taught in 1969 (me not being Catholic). There was a spirit to those songs that was looking outward. So much of what I’ve heard the last 10 years or more has been inward focused. Makes me want to pick up that old guitar. Anyway, thanks for keeping us focused the right way.

  2. Mark Dennis Seguin says:

    Invited a few of my Nephew’s to read Today’s Catch and join us.

    B/C loved this: “We are not creating shrines to the past; we are creating signs for the future — signs that will point the way to the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward — to everyone, everywhere.”

  3. Toni Petrella says:

    Always wonderful to move forward and never forget the past because many lessons we all hopefully learned at one time. Using that for now as we got forward close to God and letting him walk with us each day.

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