On the face of it, we stand around on Saturday morning, next to the banner, next to the chairs, and are there if needed. This is HOTS. Healing on the Streets.
At the heart of it, though, is dialogue, conversations. I don’t mean with each other, or the passers-by, or even the ones with the people we pray for – though all those things happen. It is a dialogue with God, an opportunity to take a risk, sit down, and see what happens. That may be not what is uppermost in the mind of anyone who stops – they may be in pain, curious, moved, persuaded – but it lurks in there. Sitting down and taking a risk means engaging. That opens the dialogue, and God responds. Take any Jesus encounter in the gospels. That dialogue is there, it what makes the encounter make sense.
So, now you know. It’s in the footwork. Move it!