Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt of something he called, "The Beloved Community." In one of his first published articles, he said that the purpose of the Montgomery Bus Boycott was "reconciliation, redemption and the creation of the beloved community."
I love that. When I put this up against the backdrop of the Kingdom of God and what He's doing this is where it took me:
As we discover we are individually reconciled and redeemed we discover Love in its truest form. We discover we are the Beloved. As Henri Nouwen says, "being the beloved expresses the true core of our existence." When we grasp onto this ourselves and come together with others who have had the same revelation, something beautiful manifests itself. The Beloved Community.
Sometimes I wonder, what if people actually got that? What kind of force would the recognition of our identity being wrapped up in being the Beloved of the Father produce as people make that declaration to the world together? I think the search for meaning and existence would be over. We exist to BE LOVED AND LOVE to the praise of His glory and grace.
My heart is for this idea of a Beloved Community- a people who corporately acknowledge their Beloved-ness and love out of the overflow of that recognition. I long to be a part of the Body that breathes Life into dead bones that people may truly live. A force is emerging. One that is ready to stand on their feet and live. An exceedingly great army. Warriors of light making the darkness tremble.
I want to see a Beloved Community rise from ruins. For together its people will radiate the life-signaling light into the darkness. They will arise and shine for their Light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon them. Though darkness covered them it is forced to yield to the glory of God. Nations will come to its light and kings to the brightness of its rising (Isaiah 60). For the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light and those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them a light has shined (Isaiah 42). For together, we are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden. His Life has become our life and together we are a force that calls forth His kingdom of light to come establish itself among the dominion of darkness.