A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days with my parents and siblings. We don’t get that opportunity very often, so we had lots of long conversations and tried to catch up with each other’s lives. It was a busy and fun three days. One of the “traditions” of my parents is to read one or two devotions out loud at breakfast each morning. It is a good way to
start the day and often moved us to respond with our own stories.
Where do you find resources for your faith journey? Do you read and meditate on scripture, read a devotional book, go for a walk or bike ride, or listen to a podcast? Maybe you are reading a book about the practices of faith or a biography of an inspirational leader. Maybe you have other ways of connecting your life to the holy. Or, maybe you do a combination of things depending on your mood and the demands of the week.
One place that I find connection to the holy is in the stories of the church and God’s people from the past. Biblical figures, the
fathers (and far too few mothers) of the early church, the monks and nuns who carried the faith through difficult times, the reformers of the 1500’s, and the ordinary people who built the church we have received in our day inspire me. I add to them those who speak truth to power in each age: Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and others who have shaped our conversations around faith.
I will be sharing some stories over three Sundays to give us some perspective into why we do what we do as a church and what might move us toward the future. The first of these three is called ‘The Big Story’. It is a story about the major shifts in what it has meant to be church over the past 2,000 years. If you were in church on Sunday, you already heard it. On July 7 I will focus in on what it means to be a ‘disciple’ and a ‘Disciple’. Our stories that day will come from Luke 10 and our Disciples of Christ history. Then, on the 14th I will be asking how Amos’s “plumb-line” (Amos 7) and the communion table might help us discern where God is leading us.
Each of us understand who we are and what we are doing in light of our past. The church is no different. The stories of the past help illuminate our path into the future. May we use that light wisely as we follow God into a new, and as yet unknown, tomorrow.
Grace and Peace,