Note from the Pastor
ďHe determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.Ē - Psalm 147: 7
When you are young, you have a lot of dreams. There are a lot of things you think you want to do or be when you grow up. I remember wanting to be a firefighter and a policeman. I remember wanting to play professional football, to be a military officer, to be a civil engineer. Most of all, though, I remember wanting to be an astronaut. I wanted to "boldly go where no one had gone before."
At the time, all I knew about being an astronaut was limited to old episodes of Star Trek and the movie ďSpace Camp," both of which had little resemblance to being an actual astronaut. But that didnít stop me from dreaming.
Recently I got to bring my girls to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Being there fulfilled my lifelong dream of being there, where rockets put humans into space and landed people on the moon, to walk where the giants of our time have walked. I got to stand under a Saturn V rocket. The actual shuttle Atlantis is on display, so close I could almost touch it.
The best part for me, though, came from something I hadnít expected. It came from seeing the absolute wonder and amazement in the eyes of my daughters. I loved seeing their excitement as they piloted simulators allowing them to land on the moon and control a Mars rover. At one point, there was a presentation about the future of space travel and the possibility of traveling to Mars and setting up a colony. Our oldest, Michaela, about jumped out of her skin with excitement when the presenter said that it would be students like her that would be the ones making it such a trip possible. In that moment, I saw one of my biggest childhood dreams reflected on my daughter's face, and it gave me such great joy.
Now, I donít know if Michaela is going to join NASA someday or not. She can do anything she puts her mind to. But what makes me proud, what amazes me, is her willingness to dream. To imagine the possibilities. To begin to understand that the universe is a much bigger place than she ever imagined.
One of the challenges facing the Church today is our inability to dream for the future. Too often what we dream about is the past, about how great things used to be, and we forget to dream about how great things could be, how they will by, by the grace of God who's working still. If we canít imagine a better future, we will never be able to build it.
As a church, we have to start dreaming again, dreaming about who God is calling us to be. When we have that dream in mind, we can begin to build that dream in reality. What is God calling you to do? What do your dreams of the future for the church look like? Share them. Share them with me. Share them with others. Together, we can begin to build the world of Godís dreams.
Star-gazing, Pastor Mike
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Cherry Hill United Methodist Church