Sunday, July 10, 2011

Adiós Central!

Saturday, 7-9-11

The Central Presbyterian delegation left this morning. I was sad to see them go. It has been a good week and we had a lot of fun together. I especially enjoyed the reflections we had every night. I thought I’d post the reading from our last reflection here. It is attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero who was martyred in San Salvador in 1980:

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Amen.


The delegation and Pastoral Team in front of the house


1 comment:

Matt said...

A good reminder that we should not only work for today, but the future as well, and that what we set into action now has great consequences later on.