Daylight Savings time is upon us. What we lost in the spring we get back in the fall. Months have passed but what was once taken from us now returns to us nevertheless.
That is what it is like sometimes when we lose something. It takes a bit of time for us to regain some equilibrium or have what we lost returned to us. Or it may take some time to adjust to the change we made in our lives as a result of that loss.
Military families probably understand this better than most. Often times their loved ones are deployed to war zones and unable to be with their spouses or children for a period of time. Even knowing when they shall return doesn’t make the loss of their presence in the lives of their families any less evident.
Sometimes what we get back is different from that which we lost. But what we receive is usually what we need yet maybe not what we want.
Yet God provides if we only will accept.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)
Dear God, bestow your blessings upon us. As the nights grow longer, Lord, remind us that even in the darkness of night, light breaks through to illuminate the love you have for us. Amen.
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 (CEB)
We hear so much about declining membership rolls, shrinking budgets and older properties. It is at these times that we cannot get caught up in just “managing the demise” of our Church!
Now is the time for us to dream big…bigger than ever! It is time to think outside the box. It is time to hear all of God’s ideas, no matter how unusual, unorthodox, wide ranging or costly. As the writer of Ephesians reminds us, God can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. With God’s blessing our Church need not disappear by the year 2025 or 2030 or at all.
We must not think about it is as bringing God to the people but instead we need to join God where God is already present in the world. God is changing lives. Whether we are a part of that or not as The United Methodist Church is up to us and how big we can dream and truly dare to imagine the ways we can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
God, show us where You are already working in this world. Show us how we can dream as big as You do! Help us to not get caught up in the fear but to remain positive in Your presence. Let us be more like Caleb and Joshua. Amen.