• Pastor Ben

Moving Forward into the Unknown

Unsurprisingly, moving is hard, especially when moving half-way across the country.

Leaving Washington, DC for Denver, CO is even more challenging. I trust that Denver is a remarkable city, and I know that MCC of the Rockies is filled to the brim with amazing people; however, DC has been my home for over a decade, and it has served me very well. I have been comfortable.

It is clear to me that comfort has made me a bit passive - possibly, lazy. This move is proving to be a reminder that l have work to do on myself, as I am sure you do, too. I have been grumpy, scared, excited, happy, and tired all at the same time. But, what do all those emotions mean?

With no great irony implied, I have been thinking a lot about the story of Moses in the Bible. Bare with me!

Yes, Moses. Remember him? He's the one who had it all, then through a confluence of uncontrollable events found himself living on the outside of his formerly comfortable life. He saw God move in profound ways, and, yet, he still grumbled and harped and tried to negotiate himself out of having to do some of the big work, especially on himself. Frankly, I can relate. Couldn't anybody?!?

Although, I have to admit that if any plant, let alone one that was on fire, spoke to me, I probably wouldn't argue with the instruction, but I digress. My point is that when Moses listened, when he gave himself over to the real possibilities, and when he ultimately lived boldly into the unknown that is when he was able to rise to father a whole nation.

Now, I am not saying that I am planning to start a movement resulting in the mass relocation of an entire people, etc. But, what I am saying is that I do believe in big things, even miracles, happening when the people of God listen to each other and make the hard choices to follow God (a.k.a. Love).

MCCR has some hard choices ahead. Who will we be in the face of an evolving city? an evolving LGBTQIA+ community? a divided nation? What is the work that we need to do to face ourselves to make these hard choices?

I am excited to find out, and I hope you will be, too!


Pastor Ben

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