|Posted by communications on August 5, 2020 at 11:10 AM|
I’ve been fascinated by time since my childhood. While we are in the present and the future always lies ahead, the study of the past can give greater understanding of how we humans tend to navigate the joys and challenges of this life. Musicians study the lives and music of composers, poets and musicians of the present and the past. In doing this, one is amazed to learn how people from the past endured and overcame challenges to produce such lasting works of art, literature and music. People need not be famous to accomplish great things. This is true for those in all walks of life. I’m sure you have people from your life who have overcome obstacles and gone on to do great things. In time, what is good and what is bad usually becomes clear. Mother Teresa was quoted as saying “do small things with great love”. How wonderful it would be if we all aspired to live in such a way.
Do you sometimes wish that we could have God’s perspective on time: to know all that has and all that will happen? Scripture says that for God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. How wonderful (and frightening) it would be for us to know all that will occur in a lifetime. Perhaps that knowledge is best left for only God to know. With many of us asking “Lord, how long will this go on?”- the pandemic; injustice; pain; suffering- it can seem like little consolation to know that many before us have asked the same question and leaned on their faith to endure such uncertainty. But, lean we must! As a lifetime worrier and accomplished fretter I can whole-heartedly recommend this approach. God doesn’t ask perfection of us; that is only accomplished in Christ. However, through faith he does give us opportunities to see that over time he has and is accomplishing all that he wills for us. We are invited to be a part of the church’s mission. In closing, I would share the text below written by Fred Pratt Green. It is a good summary of that mission and is Hymn 779 in our supplemental hymnal, Wonder, Love and Praise. The Church of Christ in Every Age.
The church of Christ in every age, beset by change but spirit led, must claim and test its heritage and keep on rising from the dead. Across the world, across the street, the victims of injustice cry for shelter and for bread to eat and never live until they die. Then let the servant church arise. A caring church that longs to be a partner in Christ’s sacrifice, and clothed in Christ’s humanity. For Christ alone, whose blood was shed, can cure the fever in our blood. And teach us how to share our bread and feed the starving multitude. We have no mission but to serve in full obedience to our Lord: to care for all without reserve and spread Christ’s liberating word.
Words: Fred Pratt Green(b. 1903); © 1971 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Il. 60188