Day Two in Germany Rebekah and I climbed to the top of the church tower. Not only were the views stunning but it reminded me of how critically important it is that the collective identity of a city in recovery has the view of and from the church at its epicenter.
Where is hope founded? Where is freedom best articulated? Where do we find purpose and identity as people? How and where do we understand redemption, and resurrection, and reconciliation?
Reconciliation is one of our favorite “R” words, and the idea has to be at the heart of recovery when we are broken, when our community is broken.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5
That’s it, right there. This is why the Frauenkirche is so special. This is why the church you attend is so important and the ministry we do together so key to the future of our community and this world.
The views were spectacular, in every direction. Sometimes it is a good idea to climb to the very top and ask God to show you the world: It is the world we are called to shine in, to be salt and light and hope and promise, together.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.