I read the text and got to feeling so good on the inside. How wonderful it is know that we are never alone. And the never being alone is not just about God being with us, but being within us. Jesus makes it clear to the disciples that this promised salvation does not end when his time on earth is over. He leaves the gift that keeps on giving. I have to admit I got all excited right in my kitchen and wanted the musical words that explained how the text made me feel. And instantly, Keith Murray’s hip hop chart topper from 1994 came to mind:
“The Most Beautifullest thing in this world, is just like that!!! I get in ya!”
And what made me sing the chorus so repetitiously, was the fact that the most beautiful thing in the world is the love of God. God loves us so much that he puts everything in place to make sure the road to reconciliation with Him has no road blocks, as long as we love God back. Imagine that. I could see all of this about God in the lyrics of a Keith Murray’s song. That’s what happens when God get’s in you. He shows up in all the most unexpected places.
I used to be a “House Head” (Lover of House Music and dancing to House Music). God showed up one night at a club back in the early 90’s, when the Ten City song “Right Back to you came on”. I knew at that moment it was time to return to my life of regular church worship. One time God showed himself strong when I was sitting in a movie theater watching Toy Story 3. When Woody and the other toys realized that Andy had not forgotten about them, I could not help but to think about how comforting it is to know that even when we feel God is not with us, that we are always loved, and never forgotten. God even showed up when I was reading “Breath, Eyes, Memory” by Edwidge Danticat. God used her story to minister to me, as I grieved the death of my mother last year. That’s the beauty of the Holy Spirit dwelling with in us. God is ever present and ever showing Himself strong. What a wonderful thing. The last line in Keith Murray’s song says it best.
“For eternity, through infinity, I internally, get in ya.” If that ain’t good news, then I don’t know what is.
Rev. Stephanie A. Duzant, Associate Minister
St. Matthew’s Community AME Church of Hollis, Queens NY