Written November 2022
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.Ephesians 4:16
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”John 17:20-23
“City of Seattle, I have been forming your land for thousands of years. For thousands of years, I have used my word through the wind and the waves to shape you like Potter’s clay. I have walked around your coast again and again, in constant dialogue, like I walked with Adam and Eve in the garden.
In the same way, for hundreds of years, I have assembled people in this region. I progressively brought ethnic groups from faraway places and grew them in a similar atmosphere for this particular time in history. Look and see how I have called people into position.
But Seattle, you have looked at the shape and texture of your people, the rugged shape of your land, and instead of perceiving the treasure that I have hidden there, you have called yourself “The Land of the Misfit Toys.” You looked at the ruggedness of your terrain and envied the neat, clean, tidy borders I’ve given other cities. You looked at the ruggedness, the broken aspects of your people, and did the same.
City of Seattle, today I am challenging you to perceive yourself and others rightly. I know your shape, the specific gifts, and the limitations of your people, and I will show you how you fit together.
Condition: If you will repent of ways you have pre-judged and mischaracterized one another, I will send you further relational building strategy to become a standard for Healthy Community in this city and region.”
Church, I will build you as a house of glass panes, soldered together with gold. City of Seattle, let me be the one who holds you together.
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind individuals or groups that you have rejected because you have not considered them God’s best for the region, or understood their role in his building plan. Repent, ask God to help you see them the way he sees them, helping you value and perceive their fit in what he is building.
Prophets, ask me to bring to mind nations and cities that you have rejected because you have not understood their importance. If you allow me to show you new cities that you have not noticed before, I will make you a jewel within my crown within the Pacific Northwest, and you will become a training hub for community wholeness.
One thought on “City of Seattle Word: Not the Land of Misfit Toys, but a Standard of Community Wovenness”