Imani MCC of Durham

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AMAZING! Another Year of Grace

I don’t know about you, but for me 2010 has been an incredible year! In fact, at Imani we started out 2010 declaring “The I’s Have It!” in a sermon series. As I recall the “I’s” stood for “I’m Possible (Impossible), Incredible and Irresistible.” The series was based on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. The gist of the message was that because the impossible has already happened in our being here (if “I’m possible,” anything is possible) any moment can be filled with the incredible (what we call “miraculous”) and, as we open to this truth, others are drawn to God’s irresistible love by how we live in/out this love each day. I pray you’ve experienced this truth again and again throughout 2010!

Now, we stand of the threshold of 2011. Amazing! We have before us a whole new year to “get it right,” whatever this may mean for you. And maybe the truth is (as Bishop Carlton Pearson states) it’s not as important to “be right” as it is to “be real.” I believe for a number of years now that’s exactly what I’ve been called to, from somewhere deep inside ... just “be real” with yourself, with others, with God. How difficult could it be? Very!!!

From the earliest years of our being here, many of us have been taught to deny our truth and to basically lie to please others (namely our parents and other adults). After years and years and YEARS of doing this we come to a barren wasteland of self-denial, self-delusion and in some cases self-destruction (which comes in a myriad of forms and expressions). Well, today is the day to move from this wasteland and into the paradise that is your own authentic being. As we enter 2011, let’s do so committed to stopping long enough to get reacquainted with our own truest, most authentic and joy-filled selves. I can’t tell you what it may take for you to get there, yet what I realize is that we must be willing to take the steps (one at a time, mind you) to get there. And let’s take these steps knowing we do not travel alone.

I pray that as we prepare to journey into 2011, and out of the desert of inauthentic living, we’ll open our hearts to the newness God (Love) is calling us to experience and to express. Let’s all take the deepest breath possible and expect the impossible, the incredible and the irresistible to show up in/through/and as us. It’s already happening, and it’s truly Amazing!

SO AMAZING

Oh, ooh, oh yes
When you’re life’s walk
Can’t see the light of day
And your hope is gone
When you second-guess your faith
When you turn around
And realize that no one else
Will believe in you only yourself.

When you’re holding on
Can’t find a will to breathe
Can you right the wrong?
That has brought you to your knees
Though you’ve barely lived your life
You keep on believing you’ll survive
And all that’s left is what’s inside.

Amazing
I have heard my inner voice
And finally can rejoice
I was lost and way down
Never thought that I would be
Amazing but now I’m free.

So you let go of the love that’s holding on
And you close your eyes
Never thought of being wrong
And you surrendered half your life
To a world of pain and sacrifice
But through it all, through it all
You make things right.

Amazing
I have heard my inner voice
And finally can rejoice
I was lost and way down
Never thought that I would be
Amazing but now I’m free.

Desperate (oh so desperate)
So confined (so confined)
Every day (oh) losing touch (losing touch) of my mind
(Of my mind, oh)
I found that strength
(So I found that strength)
In my pride
(And I’ve gave my pride)
Isn’t it crazy, so amazing
I’m alive.

Amazing
I have heard my inner voice
And finally can rejoice
I was lost and way down
Never thought that I would be
Amazing but now I’m free.

Amazing
I have heard my inner voice
And finally can rejoice
I was lost and way down
Never thought that I would be
Amazing but now I’m free.

So free, amazing that now I’m free.

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