A member of our congregation had a baby last month. When was the last time you held a baby in your arms? When was the last time you were at a wedding? Will you be attending a graduation ceremony this month or next? Why am I asking these questions?
Well, weddings, graduations, and births have a way of helping us move our attention into the future. They make us wonder and dream a little about what life will be like for the new couple, or the baby or the new graduate.
During the early months of the pandemic a friend of mine told me, “Three days is long range planning.” And as plans got canceled and events were rescheduled time and again, I realized the truth of my friend’s exaggeration. But as we make our way ever so carefully toward a post-pandemic existence, dare we plan? Dare we dream about the future?
There is a hymn that may be familiar to you: O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come. If you spend time in Bible study or in worship, you know that much time is spent looking back. We study and remember and celebrate how God has been faithful to God’s people in the past. Can we trust that God will be faithful to us in the future? In the present? Do we believe the line from the old hymn?
I believe that God is at work in our lives, in our congregation, in our neighborhood and in our world. I trust God to bring blessings even out of the circumstances and people that we label as “problems”. And I trust that if God doesn’t, then God has something else in store for me, for us. And if I am going to trust God with eternity, then I am certainly going to trust God with tomorrow.
I do not know what God has in store for this congregation in the coming months. But I know that God has something in mind. Or maybe God has many things in mind. Maybe we have the freedom to experiment with many options, big and small. Maybe we have the freedom to change, the freedom to fail. Maybe God will bless both our successes and our failures. What do we have to lose? Not God. Not God’s blessing. Amen?
God’s peace, Pr. Bob Albing