Happy Pioneer Day! I hope you enjoy some fireworks, some pie, and possibly a cold beverage—all at a safe distance from people outside your “bubble” of course! I am inspired by the pioneers—they risked everything for a new life in an uncertain country. Civil rights pioneers are similar—risking even their lives for the hope of a better, more just society. Rep. John Lewis, who passed away last week, once said: “Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”
Our life of faith is kind of like that too. We are called to be pioneers—leaving the “safety” (illusory as it may be) of what we are used to so that we can live into a new life with Jesus. Like Lewis’ description of freedom, it is not a single, once-upon-a-time decision but a continuous choice to walk with Jesus in the current moment. This Sunday we will see the contrast between the way of death and the way of life that Jesus offers. I hope you can join us. Then in August we will be looking in more depth at this New Life In Christ, led by Paul’s little letter to the Colossians.
Blessings and courage to you as we venture out towards this new life!