We’ve always liked pews. You know they have stories. This one is close to 200 years old, locally made in North Carolina, and – blessedly – not refinished. And it has patina. Yes, I’ve been watching my HGTV, Salvage-Dawgs, Pickers, Renovation Realities, Antique Road-Show, Rehab-Addict, If Walls Could Talk shows. So I know what patina means.
PATINA: We all have patina. Now I’m talking more anthropology, and spiritual journey, than architectural wood-ology. Patina is the story. It’s the finish that tells something about what lies beneath the surface. Patina is priceless; it’s speaks to our journey; it’s impossible to replicate.
So I like these images of the deeply experienced pew because it suggests the long-term, the workings of time and experience on who we are – who we are becoming. Yes, I am a new creature in Christ every single day of my life; but at the same time I an evolving expression of my unique self – who God created me to be. Jesus may be rebuilding me, but I’ve still got my patina. Part of my patina is the ongoing work of God…
…On the pew. The pew representing the part that being in a worshiping community plays on my weathering. God working with me, on me, in me, and sometimes through me – because God created me and I am an important element of God’s plan. I’m a part of God’s plan that has been exposed to the elements. I am weathered and God loves every part of who I am.
So, yes, I like the pew. I like it a great deal. We have our own personal mercy-seat. Right there in the front room. Now it’s going to be a part of our story.
I’ll see you in church – DEREK