As I drove from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant today, passing Goose Creek, Hanahan, N. Charleston and Charleston, I found myself both loving my city and burdened for our cities. So I spent some time just praying for the Charleston Low Country (aka "Chucktown"). Leonce Crump talks about a "Theology of Place" in his book Renovate. It's a good, biblical idea. Jeremiah 29:4-7 is helping me get comfortable with it too.
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Join me in praying for the Church of Charleston that our efforts would include seeking "the peace and prosperity of the city."