“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” ― Frederick Buechner
In this moment, there are a lot of variables that seems out of our control, and a lot of variables that simply aren’t going very well. But we can make a decision – a decision about how we will embody, practice, and tell the story.
What story will you and your congregation tell?
A story about how hard it is not to gather, or a story about faith formation happening in surprising ways right where people are right now.
A story about how very hard it is to “do church,” or a story about God casting a radically different and beautiful vision of the church’s identity and purpose in the world.
A story of playing it safe and tip-toing around the deep societal injustices being exposed, or a story about embracing god’s justice and telling the truth in “the fierce urgency of now.”
A story about how tired we all are of everything, or a story about how God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.
A story of hand-wringing, or a story of witness.
A story of fear, or a story of freedom.
A story of weeping in the night, or a story of joy in the morning.
What story do you want to tell?