“God of Rainbow, Fiery Pillar ”

By: Louie Bailey

These lines come from a riveting hymn we have sung recently, “In the Midst of New Dimensions,” first at the Alliance of Baptists Convocation held at Crescent Hill several weeks ago, and again in worship this past Sunday, May 15.

The hymn was written by Julian Rush, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, who spent more than a decade as director of the Colorado AIDS Project and is currently a journalist, working as a consultant in the area of Science and Environment..  He wrote this hymn on the theme of “diversity” for a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference (United Methodist). We have heard much about diversity in recent days, and find ourselves dealing with many different kinds of people in our church and community.

This hymn asks the question:  “In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways, who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways?”  It mentions starving people, warring factions, a world divided by our own self-seeking schemes, and asks that we as a global village might envision wider dreams.  It goes on to assert the uniqueness of each person, “each a gift in (God’s) creation, each a love song to be sung.”  Life is a gift from God, and each person is loved by God as much as another person..

The hymn concludes with: “Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to withdraw in pain, May your blazing phoenix spirit resurrect the church again.”  Our theme during this season of Eastertide is “Resurrecting Church.”  We are looking for new ways to be God’s people in the world, to embody the love of Christ and show that to others.

The powerful refrain sums up our dependence on God and our responsibility:  “God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, We your people, ours the journey now and evermore.”

May we seek God’s guidance each day as we seek to minister to others, searching for new dimensions and new ways to minister to a world in need of God’s love and our love.