I’m finally taking everything down from the walls, since tomorrow is the Big Show.
Here are a few quotes I don’t want to lose in the shuffle.
It helps now and then to step back and take the long view: the Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is 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 another 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 programme 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 effects 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 God’s grace to enter and do the rest.
You cannot live in an ideological vacuum. People cannot live without some shape, some meaning for their lives. And in the long run, when you have been all over the world and tasted something of the ideologies that people live by, you come back to this: there is no other place in human history where the ultimate issues of one’s life – his interior personal life and his public political and social life – are finally exposed and settled, except in the living and dying and rising again of Jesus Christ. There is no other in all the human story who could possibly be the King and Head of the human race. And when people see a company of men, women, and children who live by that faith and who are not afraid to take it out into all the political and social life of a great modern city, then they begin to have hope.
Sometimes I type these things out in the simple hope that they’ll get lodged a bit deeper in my brain during the process.