Subject: West Side Update — November 9
November 9, 2015
Chris Tanabe grew up in sunny Florida and is a big Dolphins, Heat and Marlins fan. But he’s also a lover of all things Billy Joel and has called NYC home now for four years.
Chris works in finance and says that “there is a pace about New York that is unlike any other city I’ve lived in.” While it can “drive people to engage in their jobs maybe more than in other places,” Chris has found that there is a sense of kinship with those that are also running at a similar pace.
At Redeemer, Chris has been challenged to focus on giving back to the city. He says, “it requires sacrifice of time, sure—but anything that is worthwhile and valuable requires sacrifice."
Chris is a HFNY Young Supporter, and leads and hosts a men’s community group in the UWS: “Leading a community group has been a great way to live out Redeemer’s mission of bringing people in,” he says. “The way that friendships are formed between strangers… is a true sign of how the Spirit is working in the city."
"Our community group recently did a prayer walk in the UWS with another group, and it really was a neat experience to walk around the neighborhood to focus on and pray for areas of need,” Chris says.
"Praying while walking amidst the busy streets was definitely out of the ordinary, but it also helped us feel like we were in the middle of it all and not as self-conscious."
Chris has lived in the UWS for two years, and his favorite UWS activity is rollerblading in Riverside Park. His fun fact? "Weddings bring out the dancer in me."
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A recent article on simplicity by David Brooks along with an article on being "Stressed, Tried and Rushed" struck a chord with me. Like many of you, I find myself living a pace that, more often than not, leaves me breathless. The words I say most to my children have as their main message, “Hurry up.” Rarely do I exhort them to slow down. This stands in direct contrast to so many of the exhortations in Scripture to make time to listen to God.
As someone who has lived in NYC for the better part of 28 years, I’m realistic about the pace of life that pulsates in our streets, but am equally aware that living here is no excuse for ignoring our need for simplicity and balance. As one African proverb states, we need to “let our souls catch up with our bodies.” So as we head into a very busy time of year, let me exhort you (and myself!) to slow down and find balance. After all, no one had a more important life mission than Jesus, and he repeatedly found time to slow down, talk with people, and get alone with his Father. That sounds like a pretty good place to start.
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." – Psalm 46:10
Rev. David Bisgrove
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