This week I have been reading through the lectionary passages as my mind wanders in a sea of political turmoil. We are surrounded by so many offers of change, so many promises of hope. I am exhausted in my zeal to grab hope and keep it alive.
In reading Psalm 78:1-7, part of it would not leave me. “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation…so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God…” I am drawn to this. It is my hope that we can forge a network of communities that will not forget the works of God. Communities that bear witness to transformation, compassion, and hope.
If we could hear the stories that make up our communities we would have a diverse witness to what God does and what the Spirit is doing in our lives. I imagine there would be countless stories of justice fought for and convictions in Christ that burn red hot with hope. As we seek to be a witness in our emerging community in the 21st century let us not forget where we came from.
I believe that our ancestors, our saints of yesterday should influence the saints of tomorrow as we endeavor to be Disciples of Christ. On this remembrance of our heritage should our ministry to our communities stand.
A simple task it seems, yet it is one that is surrounded by hard work. We need to grow deeper and more connected with each other. As we seek to empower our tribe, we must do it as a community.
I am very excited by the history and future we have in our midst. We stand in a moment of time where reality is being challenged and the KIngdom is more visible. We have a blessed calling to be a become on light to our communities. We have an obligation to stand together and work towards a common goal. We must reach out to the other and love in ways that challenge the norms we cling to. This new day frees us from the bonds of inequity and liberates us towards the sweet justice of a fully inclusive love, freely offered by the Beloved Creator.
There is a tremendous energy moving about the world, the nation, the church. It is my hope and prayer that we may open our hearts, minds, and spirits to this beautiful, transforming Spirit of God and be agents of change to our neighbors, to our church.
As we prepare to receive new leadership in Washington, we, too are preparing to go boldly into a new era. Let us go together and keep hope alive.