Updated: Oct 26, 2018
“Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. It matters that you don’t give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.” – Stephen Hawking
These words, by the late theoretical physicist, were recently shared with me by Rev. Marianne Borg. For those who heard her lecture and sermon while she was at Second Church in October, you remember she encouraged us - in our call to follow Jesus in these fragmented times - to be people of compassion and courage.
It can be hard to try and make sense of the world in what can often feel like chaotic times. What keeps our world and souls from spinning out of control? As believers in the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, we know our response to that question has something to do with love. A love that creates and sustains the universe, calling it good (Gen. 1), a love that is not static but is dynamic, and came to dwell among us in Jesus to share our burdens, allay our fears, and evoke us to see the world not just as it currently is, but to imagine how God intends it to be.
Throughout the stewardship campaign this month, leading to Commitment Sunday on November 18, I invite you not only to imagine the future God has in store for us at Second Church, but also to take your part in shaping that future. As children of God, we are joint heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17), which means that we have a role to play proactively and collaboratively with the Spirit’s work in our midst. The future is unfolding before us, God is on the move, and yet we still must step into that movement with courage.
Question for Reflection: What does it mean for you to cultivate both a compassionate and courageous faith today?