With Arms Wide Open

Later this week I will be meeting with the National DOOR board – my bosses.  About a third of the way through I have the opportunity to report on what I have been doing.  It will be my job to strike a balance between reflection, reporting, and prophetic dreaming.

As I look back over the 18 years I have spent at DOOR I find myself grateful and occasionally pensive.  DOOR has helped me to understand that “seeing the face of God in the City” is life giving, faith shaping, worldview expanding, and prejudice busting.  I hold DOOR singularly responsible for what has happened to my understanding of Christianity, God, and theology. Since 1994 my “issues” have been regularly confronted – sexism, racism, and classism are just the beginning of a very long list.  Confronting these issues has had a tendency to expose how narrow and small-minded my understanding of “for God so loved the world” was and sometimes continues to be.

In 2000 Scott Stapp of the band Creed penned the words to the song “With Arms Wide Open” when he found out he was going to be a father.

If I had just one wish

Only one demand

I hope he’s not like me

I hope he understands

That he can take this life

And hold it by the hand

And he can greet the world

With arms wide open…

If I have a dream for myself, it is that I could be a person who approaches the world “With Arms Wide Open.”

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