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"Moving on without getting lost"

 

Last updated 5/10/2007 at Noon



We are like ships that leave familiar harbors to explore new lands, new horizons, and new opportunities. But like ships, we face dangers of getting lost in storms at sea or simply losing touch with where we came from. Dangers lurk at the edge.

Each of us has had a beginning. As children we are kept close to home by parental direction. When raised with caution, stability, and security, we keep close to those who gave us life and a continuing support system. However, we each have in us Adam’s wayward seed.

Until we come of age, we walk a precarious edge. Curiosity can put us in the danger zone. Bravery can drive us to the point of self-injury. Weakness can make us subject to destructive forces indiscriminately. Ignorance and innocence can cause us to be vulnerable to anything and everything that exists out there. Mental frenzy can keep us confused and unprotected in a self-aggrandizing world.

For each of us, ready or not, the world awaits us. It beckons us to come to the unexplored forest, the city on the hill, or a distant shore.

The time comes when each must move on. Today, we move from the Easter experience, the most remarkable event in history. We make this our truth claim. We build our faith upon it. We open our eyes to the risen Christ who set in motion the Christian movement of which we are a part.

Can we now move on without losing sight of our faith? Secular forms lure us; disbelief runs rampant in the streets; habits grip us again like webs; and worldly needs preoccupy us once again. But I say: hold dear to the Resurrection. It is the tipping point of my faith, our faith, and our future. God’s power remains with us and is here for our asking. Move on, but never move from this Truth. Jesus Christ, I do proclaim.

 

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