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Yesterday was Pentecost.  We sang, “Holy Spirit, rain down!” We prayed, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” And, thanks to one of our teens, we heard the voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Today, people across this country are rising up as part of the Poor People’s Campaign to call America to a Moral Revival–a revival of desire for the paths of life.  Together, we say “Enough!” to all that denies and destroys life.  “Enough” to systemic racism!  “Enough” to violence perpetrated against communities of color! “Enough” to unequal education and unlivable wages!  Today, we are prophets of a future not our own.

So, in the words of William Mackay, “Revive us again! Fill each heart with Thy love! May each soul be rekindled with fire from above!”

For too long, we have been asking for the wrong thing!  Instead of seeking to make America great again, we need to ask God to revive us again. Yes, Lord, Let the fire fall.  Let the fire burn away the fruitless and worthless stubble that we cling to as if it were precious stones.  Let the fire burn away the destructive, life-choking thorns of racism, greed and violence that have taken root in our hearts.  And burn into us a passion for God’s love, shalom and justice.

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