When need and Kingdom collide...

This is an appropriate video to share during the Christmas season, let me set it up...

I've been really pondering John 1:14 over the last month...from The Message version it says,

The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.

I've blogged about it already, but this verse so strikes me and is quickly becoming a life-verse for me - I'm amazed when I ponder the richness of this verse - how God (Jesus) left heaven to rescue man. How he took the form of a man, became a man, and died as a man. How Jesus went to the ultimate end to rescue mankind...what astonishing love!

Transition to the video I've embedded below. I don't know Carlos...I keep track of his twitter feed and read his blog, but what you are going to see below is and example, I believe, of God (in the form of the Holy Spirit) moving into the neighborhood, interrupting one artist's plans for the day, and bringing the Kingdom, as it is in heaven, to earth.

To set it up, Carlos has recently recorded a worship album. While doing some photo-ops for the album around Atlanta, Danny, a homeless man, approaches Carlos and joins in the song. Unscripted, unedited and unplanned, God establishes His Kingdom in their midst. I literally cried as I watched this video. I repented because I probably would have shrugged this man off, avoided eye-contact, moved about my business - I'm guilty...I've done it before - in fact, twice this weekn while I was in downtown Atlanta. But Carlos is approachable, loving and compassionate toward Danny - Carlos invites him to join in, he embraces him, he celebrates in praise with Danny...

Watch the video, examine yourself, cry with me, learn with me...

God, make us patient, loving, generous from inside out. Help us to move into others' neighborhoods. May our lives be true - start to finish. God, help us to become, belong, believe and be transformed so that we can reach others - as Christ did. God, make us sacrificial and give us a willing spirit to reach people far from You so that they can be filled with life in You. In Christ name, Amen!