|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM|
July heat is here and a lot of us are taking time off, traveling, getting projects done and enjoying more freedom than we have had in the last year. I pray all of you are enjoying family, laughing, having fun and relaxing! In my recent travels to the beach, my favorite place, I have spent some time listening to Audible books including Bishop Curry’s Love is the Way. Many times, while I listen, a line will catch my ear and it will make me pause and think. This time it was Bishop Curry speaking about a quote from Robert Kennedy on dreams, “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Bishop Curry goes on to explore this idea of why not and even repeat it. So many times, we can think of a thousand reasons to ask why and to doubt, but what about dream and ask why not? We can limit ourselves and our potential by always asking the doubtful why and not the dreamer’s why not.
I believe God made us dreamers and encourages us to ask why not. When faced with hardships, we can often turn inside ourselves to ask why, when in many instances we should ask the hopeful why not. It dares us to dream and feel fulfilled by those things we did when asking why not. Why not live our best lives asking why not and not limiting ourselves with why? In Matthew 19:26, But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Why not have all things possible with God? Why not live our best lives? Why not face adversity with God to have the courage to move forward? Why not step forward in faith? Why not?
I answer that question with a question, which I know is in poor taste, but why not share the exciting things happening in our parish with our children and youth. It gives me such great joy to see that we are continually seeing 20+ youth at our monthly summer events and many are bringing friends! Our next fun outing is July 18 to Urban Air in Cornelius for some indoor fun to escape the heat. In August, we will venture up to the lake for a fun Luau at the Lake event. Also, we are looking into a St. Alban’s Youth Retreat to Camp Henry in September. More details to come!
Why not say how excited I am to host an in person VBS the first week of August. My heart is full thinking of all the little faces I will have the joy of seeing for VBS fun. So many have signed up already and fun plans are in the works! Our unofficial start to Sunday School is planned for Sept. 12 and we pray restrictions are lifted by that time for us to move forward. Why not give thanks for each other and what is possible when we dream?