As I went to write on something else, the words “are you going to San Francisco” rang in my head. And then I heard the lyrics, “If you’re going to San Francisco, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, If you’re going to San Francisco, You’re gonna meet some gentle people there.” The Mamas and The Papas sang that song in May of 1967.
San Francisco was named for Saint Francis. Beyond that I saw no real meaning to me personally, for it is not on my radar screen. But as the lyrics played through my mind, I thought there is something valuable to the song and its meaning.
Three things stood out to me. Flowers in your hair, going some place and finding gentle people.
So many are on a journey to find a place. A place that will treat them right. Treat them gently. The flowers in ones hair is so indicative of beauty and childlike faith.
[tweetthis]There is a new “flower child” on the scene carrying the beauty and sweet smell of Jesus.[/tweetthis]
The past season for so many has been difficult. Economies, employment and security have all been on fire in the last years. Yet, there is something amazing that is happening in the world of God, in the power of His presence. His people are discovering His goodness. His kindness. His tender mercies. And that is spreading, pretty much like wildfire.
Yesterday as I attended our church fellowship, I looked around at all the new people. People who have sought Him and found His people. Who have found beauty for ashes. Mourning turned into dance.
I did not even leave until 2:30 and there were still people hanging out.
The song about San Francisco reminds me of a different time. It was the 60s and love, war and peace were on everyone’s lips. The world was “a changing” and so were its people. Turbulent times. Meanwhile there was a contingency of those who sought to love in the midst of it.
And the Mamas and The Papas? There are loving fathers and mothers in the house who have turned their hearts towards the children.
Just hearing that song tells me this is our time, this is our season. No one else will step in to do it for us. We are seeing restorations and renewals. I am thankful for our Village Church
You are the beauty of the Lord. Carriers of His presence. Deliverers of destination.[tweetthis]You are the beauty of the Lord. Carriers of His presence. Deliverers of destination.[/tweetthis]