A Meditation on All Saints Day, Annual Meetings And National Elections from Last Sunday’s Sermon
What is dying today? What is preparing to be born?
A general election ends in frustration and fear wedded to hope and joy. A new political age begins. Something is dying. Something is preparing to be born.
New people are elected to the vestry of their church. Old priorities are
allowed to diminish. Something I dying. Something is preparing to be born. New energies and fresh visions fill the congregation.
One rector slips off into a new parish. A new one arrives. Something dies. The one who is the emblem of this church’s identity takes up root in a new vineyard. Something is born. A new rector comes to heal, transform and renew. In the heart of winter, something warm and fresh pops up from the chilly landscape like early crocuses in the snow.
The old man kisses his wife goodbye and murmurs a final word of love to each of his children. Something more than a life is dying. A history, a dream, a love affair and a family are dying, as well. But, something is waiting to be born. His soul is transformed into eternity and here on earth, the sun comes up the next morning on new possibilities and unexpected consequences.
In each instance, the old does not completely die. Something remains. Foundations have been erected. Promises have been kept. Accomplishments abide.
The parish holds onto its faith and order while something entirely new and wonderful evolves.
The politicians accept the history of the people and claim it as their own.
The church reclaims its authority cloaked in entirely new vestments.
The family’s spirit is enriched by the transforming love of their faith.
In this coming week of All Saints Sunday, Annual Meetings and national elections we might wonder what is dying. And what is preparing to be born. Is a new dream replacing a frightening nightmare? Is a callous heart being softened by a gentler future? Is a dark night of doubt being replaced by a gleaming shaft of the light of faith?
Something is dying. It is! It is dying this very day.
Something is preparing to be born. Get ready. It will be here before you know it. Only God can see the future. All we can do is trust that God’s will is being done. And pray that we will know that will when it arrives.