Last night was a great night! Josh Garrels has been pretty special to our group, and even more so now that we got to share him with some new friends. It was a low-key, intimate set where Garrels was earnest and sincere. He shared some of the stories behind his songs, and especially moving was the explanation of The Original SpaceFan.
He said he always connected best with the fringe movements: drug culture, skater culture, hip-hop culture—until he met Jesus. He left those movements but still found himself in a a kind of fringe movement. In a room with barely 150 people, with a guy whose musicianship blows away its mainstream competition, deeply connected to friends and other like-minded strangers, I couldn’t help feel like part of one of those groups on the edge of something.
The difference is that those groups sustain themselves with rules and exclusivity. The family of God, however fringe it may be in our area, is just the opposite. We are rooted in Love and the kind of joy I saw last night. The music was so rich and the company so precious it revealed those of us in the margins—the outsiders—really are the privileged ones in the Kingdom of God.