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 "Commit your way to the LORD;

trust in him, and he will act."

Psalm 37:5

 

On Wednesday, December 17, 1903 at 10:35am, an event of great significance happened at Kittyhawk, North Carolina. Dayton, Ohio natives, the Wright Brothers, flew their homemade aircraft 120 feet. It stayed aloft for 12 seconds.


When a Dayton newspaper editor heard the news, he reacted negatively. He wrote this in his editorial the following day, "Men will never be able to fly - and if they ever do, it won't be anybody from Dayton." I don't know about you, but I take exception to that!


But how like this editor so many of us are – myself included! Often we refuse to even try anything new. We fail to take chances because we can only see the bad that might happen. So it is that we rule out many wonderful possibilities.


Dr. John Harris states, "Too many of us miss important aspects of living simply because we refuse to open ourselves to life's incredible possibilities. We too often fail to look beyond our self-imposed limits and arbitrarily decide what is possible and impossible. It is an absolutely tragic thing we do. This kind of willful blindness narrows what life has to offer."

(Pastoral Care & Counseling, Miami Valley Hospital)


What can we do to make ourselves less negative and more open to new possibilities that will allow God to make God's presence known and felt? These possibilities for us as individuals and the church, can draw our eyes and the eyes of those who do not know God to God's glory, love, mercy, and grace.


The psalmist tells us to commit ourselves to the LORD, to trust in God, and God will act. If we but look to God, who provides the Holy Spirit to all who believe, God will send the Spirit to improve our attitudes, give us good courage, and empower and enable us to open ourselves to unexpected and wonderful possibilities - to be instruments of a God who longs to work through us to change this world for the better.


There is so much that can be accomplished in God's name if we but tap into the power of God, who longs to act on our behalf.


"Nothing is done," Lincoln Steffens once wrote. "Everything in the world remains to be done, or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted. The greatest play isn't written. The greatest poem is unsung... Teach your children that nothing is done, finally and right; that nothing is known, positively and completely; that the world is theirs - all of it.

(Bits and Pieces, April 1990, p. 7.)


The world is theirs, and, for now it is ours, if we but trust that new possibilities are endless and we open ourselves to them, trusting in God to provide to bring those possibilities to fruition.


May you all have a blessed, enjoyable and safe summer; and may it, and the months and years to come, be filled with endless breathtaking possibilities.


Yours in the love of Christ,

Pastor Alicia

 

 

 

  

 

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