Have you ever wondered what the Kingdom of God looks like?
Well this past Sunday, I had a chance to get a glimpse of it and let me tell you, what a sight it was!
Dave and I went to Church Under the Bridge.
It's pretty self-explanatory...church...under...a bridge.
No walls. No air conditioning. No heating.
A group of people worshiping God under a bridge in Waco.
I had always heard of this unique church setting and I was finally able to experience it!
We parked in a hotel parking lot, walked across the highway access road, and found ourselves in a little bit of Heaven.
As I looked around, I saw chairs set up in rows. I saw animals on leashes and animals without leashes. I saw food being shared. I saw people with disabilities. I saw smiling faces. I saw pain. I saw people with raggedy clothes. I saw people with nice "church" clothes. I saw hugs being exchanged. I saw people of all colors. I saw people of all ages. I saw kids playing games. I saw people serving. I saw people receiving. I saw families. I saw individuals. I saw people being reunited. I saw people's eyes opened. I saw people's lives changed. I saw joy. I saw new beginnings.
I saw the Kingdom of God.
I saw a lot, I felt a lot, and I knew that Jesus was smiling down on that gathering under the bridge on that windy Palm Sunday.
Once we sat down, a sense of uneasiness rushed over me and my eyes began to water.
"If only more people could experience this, maybe our world would be different" I thought.
"Why can't more churches be like this?"
A place where people of all circumstances are welcomed.
No expectations. No rules. No walls. No judgment.
Simply, a group of people with dirty lives meeting to learn and worship God.
A safe haven for all where all are fed, both spiritually and physically.
I'm so glad I was able to get a snidbit of God's kingdom here on Earth.
I pray that more churches like this begin to pop up around the world, because I know it is pleasing to God and life changing for many.
While we were there, Dave and I ran into one of his friends. She used to be homeless, but now has her own place and a husband and continues to come to Church Under the Bridge. Please pray that she continues to succeed and more importantly, delves deeper into her relationship with God. It truly was a joy to meet her and witness the impact of Church Under the Bridge on her life.
May we all experience the Kingdom of God everyday.