The mallet hits the drum…
Since the church service at the Willow place… my turning place.
The mallet hits the drum…
Not in hiding and not in fear; underground, with courage, with strength with determination - underground.
Not unlike the Underground Railroad which was a series of secret routes and safe houses used to escape slavery… Not a railroad, not tunnels underground but an underground resistance! Using railroad terminology as a secret code the path to freedom contained meeting points, secret routes, transportation, safe houses… PROVISION!
The underground comprised of small organized independent groups with some connecting “stations” along the way. Conductors on the railroad had various
backgrounds… former slaves, people born free of all races; different groups of
people with the same cause to unite!
Wikipedia’s listed the terminology for the underground and it's on my heart with the idea I have been given…
Agents (or Shepherds): People who helped
Conductors: or guides
Stations: Hiding places
Station Masters: Hid slaves in their homes
Passengers or cargo: Escaped slaves
The Railroad: Freedom Train or Gospel Train
The passengers themselves, were courageous… seeking more, a life free from beatings… seeking a life free from chains and bondage; seeking a life not of our world at that time. Theirs was a courage that came with great cost if they got caught; however, once free… to be free… there was the promise!
The agents, the conductors, the station masters, they were a different kind of courageous… Theirs was courage of what was right. Theirs was courage of
recognizing the limitations and chains placed on a people when all men should be considered equal and free with the same undeniable rights. We were all made for more… The agents and conductors having quite a bit to lose as well, they were not fighting for themselves or their families, they tended to be free already with established homes and families, members of a community… what would have been their punishment for aiding? What could they lose? But… There is liberty in doing what is right, for a cause that fights the fight of this world and says… for others, we will do what is right.
Agents for the cause
Conductors to guide
Stations to provide safe places
Passengers… people who need to be helped up and out for all of eternity
The Gospel Train
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
Sisters of the faith… stand strong and be courageous!
Fight the good fight for true faith. Hold tight to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. ~ 1 Timothy 6:12
What if... what if... what if...
What if, this body of the church came together, all Christ followers, both denominational and non-denominational; those that don't typically come together... and let the commonalities of The Way, The Truth and The Life bind us together, enabling us to march forward.
What if, with our voices, we spoke together the words of freedom, love and grace?
What if, we shared our fears with our sisters in Christ and our sisters guarded our hearts, held our thoughts close to the core and lifted those up in prayer.
What if, in these groups we could fill each other up with the strength that comes from The Word we hold dear.
What if, with these relationships we build we could go back to our churches, the places we gather and begin to break the stereotypes of our differences. What if we rip the top off of the box that we package ourselves in and get to the heart.
Love like no other, shepherd the lost, guide toward The Faith, provide safe places, live life with the passengers... ride the Gospel Train...
Together, in this world... marching for the kingdom...Breaking chains for all of eternity!
prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and
everyone's chains were unfastened. Acts 16:26