In his play, "Our Town," Thornton Wilder expresses a vague longing, a quiet wanting, an inner prodding that God has placed in us all. He has one of his characters say:
"I don't care what they say with their mouths, everybody knows that there is something eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't land, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even stars.
Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All of the greatest people that ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years, and yet you would be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There is something way down deep that's eternal about every human being."
It’s an important message for our time, and one I’m proud our congregation resolutely affirms. Be it our work with homeless neighbors, elderly friends, dependent children, or distressed families, we unapologetically affirm that "there is something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being."
It’s not always easy to remember that, or to act as such, and sometimes we need a little encouragement. This week’s scripture passage is about precisely that: how to maintain vigor and vision amidst the grind of daily existence.
Join us, and bring a friend.