Prof. Kimberly Lowry – “Come. Tarry. Go.”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
At the front of the sanctuary in my church stands a tall stained-glass window in the shape of the cross. The cross is filled with the image of Christ, and at His feet are the words, “Come. Tarry. Go.” Quite often our pastors remind us of the long tradition of missionary service and support of our congregation. Yet, I never cease to marvel at Christ’s shining image or at the command of those three words. They sum up what we are to do as a body of believers. We are commanded to come together to worship in community. We stay for a while to praise God and renew our spirits. Then we always go back into the world where we are called to serve.
The Lord commands every Christian to go into the world to lead others to Christ, to love a broken world, and to care for the suffering and lost. God calls some to far-away lands, others to their own communities, but He calls every Christian to the service of His people.
- Prof. Kimberly Lowry, Assistant Professor of World Languages