In last week’s sermon, I encouraged everybody to look for the evidence around us that Jesus lives and does good work in the world. I used the example of Thomas waiting to believe in Christ’s resurrection until he had seen Jesus for himself. We don’t have to believe in God’s goodness without seeing it, but seeing it does require looking.
In any case, I hope everyone has been able to do a little looking, but I’ve learned this week that you don’t have to look far from our own doors to find evidence of God’s good work being done in the world. Our own community is a strong one that is deeply invested in one another and in the community around us. We’re not perfect, and there is always more that can be done, but I’m proud to be serving with such a strong community.
I was reflecting with some friends the other day on how grateful I am for the opportunity to be with you all this summer. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that you all would have never missed a beat if I hadn’t been able to step in and lead. There is enough lay leadership in the church that Lee could have been gone for a much longer time before you all needed any help. Even though Lee’s leadership has been formative for First Christian, First Christian is a grown-up church with a strong heart on its own. It’s been great to see how ready everyone is to step in and take care of one another in times of need.
We’re fortunate, in our community, that we don’t have to doubt God’s good work in the world. But in plenty of communities, even near to us, finding evidence of God’s goodness is difficult. As you go through your weeks (and farther into the future), I hope you’ll continue to seek goodness and, where it’s hard to find, I hope you’ll create some.
With love and hope,