There were a lot of amens.
There were punctuation mark amens.
Amen. AMEN! Amen?
The double amen.
Scriptural amens and sentiment amens.
Rapid-fire amens coming at you faster than you could figure out what you were supposed to be agreeing with.
Like I said, it was a lot of amening, even if most of it was coming from one lone voice it was enough that the word is still echoing in my ears days later.
Isn’t that amen one of the things that we are all searching for? Someone to hear about our experiences and the various emotions that they evoke, someone to share the thoughts buried deep in our mind with, someone who can respond with an amen.
Not many of us are blessed/cursed with a horde of yes-men, and that is how it should be, but how valuable it is to find that person that you can come together with in agreement.
The thirst that we can feel for relationship and community is in many ways a search for amens. There are the simple amens, like those who can somehow understand why I would start a Christian blog and name it after a brief passage in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. There are experiential amens, like those that I have had the privilege of finding here and elsewhere, to amen the frustrations of dealing with the concepts and realities of the church. There are the emotional amens that can be shared with close friends and family while mining the dark corners of our heart, that can affirm that we are not evil or weak for feeling the things that we do.
Sometimes when our minds are running ragged or our hearts are burning cold one of the most blessed things we can have in the whole world is someone to tell us that they understand.
A friend once told me that it is those times, the times when he felt that he was understood, that he felt most loved. I can call out a hearty amen to that statement. It was a statement from a brother that revealed something about myself that I had not quite realized before.
Amen is not a casual or coercive word to be thrown around to make us seem spiritual or to drag others along behind our words. Amen is an intimate statement that can be spoken to signal our agreement with God and our agreement with one another.
Amen is that word of affirmation and support when coming alongside a friend.
Amen is a word of submission to a holy God, a way of saying “your will be done”.
Through our life of amens to that God, we are being conformed to the image of the one who is himself the Amen. Jesus, “the faithful and true witness”.
I appreciate those here with whom I have been able to share an amen. Those amens help both in the effort to live a life as an amen to God and to find my voice again when the amen is caught in my throat.