I wonder if you have heard of Rachel Held Evans.
I wonder if you learned of her because of her amazing books or her courageous voice or maybe because of how much she is showing up on Social Media after her tragic death.
I wonder if she is a person who drew you back to the Church or inspired you to connect/reconnect with Jesus.
I have only recently started to admire her incredible gift of writing and her deep passion for Truth. I also am one who accepted her invitation to consider a bigger picture of Scripture, Truth, and Jesus. To find so many things that felt out of the box and yet resonated peace in my heart.
Recently I sat with a small group at my Church and listened to shared stories of how Rachel’s honesty and courage reignited faith in the souls of my peers. For many, this brought hope back into what the Church could become today if we are willing to live out one of her many invitations:
It is almost impossible to make sense of the tragedy of the sudden and unexpected death of this 37 years old vibrant, powerful, tender, brilliant woman of truth who was deeply loved in her marriage and the mother of two young children. She has impacted people around the world, and I have heard often that we longed to hear more from her. Rachel Held Evans will be missed. As I go through the books and read the quotes and reflect on other’s stories, I am aware that if we lived true to all she has invited the community of Believers to consider, the Church would be a very different community. The Church would represent a bit more accurately what Rachel is already experiencing. May we all identify how we can live differently in honor of Rachel’s life and bring a little more of heaven to earth.
I will end with one of my favorite segments of Rachel’s writing…
“If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them.
“If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to liberate or honor women, you will find them.
“If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them.
“If you are looking for an out-dated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it. If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it.
“This is why there are times when the most instructive question to bring to the text is not, ‘What does it say?’, but, ‘What am I looking for?’ I suspect Jesus knew this when he said, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened.’ If you want to do violence in this world, you will always find the weapons. If you want to heal, you will always find the balm.”
Oh Lord Jesus, may I always find the balm…
Blessed be His Name