It reminded me that even though we think we're established and settled, we're truly transient people, moving from one phase of life into the next. With continued learning and education or training, people are improved in thought and action for better lives in the world. But these kind of changes don't only impact the one receiving it. The surrounding family or circle of friends also benefits from the one's growth, through their continued relationship, conversation and friendships.
I wonder if that's also true in the life of faith. Do we experience mutual encouragement and support from a like-minded friend in church? Do we shape and mold one another toward living like Jesus did, with an eye for the oppressed and a heart for righteousness? I wonder, if we take a wider view of God's movement in our lives, we'd find a broader experience beyond the intentional life of faith. A modern parable might go something like this:
The presence of God is like a child that picks a dandelion seed puff, and blows it into the wind.
The wind carries the seeds all round; no one knows where they'll take root and sprout up next.
God's movement isn't limited to our practice of the Christian faith. The ever-widening presence of God is like the continual growth and nurturing of our minds: it's limitless.
I look forward to seeing you on Sundays for worship and learning, as we continue to expand the ways we encounter the Holy One, together.
-Rev. Andy Beck