I have been a longtime fan of the cartoon strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” Often, I have been impressed by both the wit and the wisdom of this little boy and his pet tiger. Recently I found this conversation between the two main characters that perfectly captured my orientation to being creative. Calvin said, “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood,” to which Hobbes asked, “What mood is that?” Calvin replied, “Last-minute panic.”
This Sunday is a very important day in the life of the church — Pentecost. As we listen to a dramatic reading of Acts 2, we will remember the Holy Spirit descending on the followers of Jesus; a “mighty wind” empowering them to be the church, the Body of Christ in the world. But we, too, are recipients of that same power today — the power to be the Body of Christ in our own world, in our own lives. In other words, we are invited and empowered to co-create the Kingdom of God — the kind of kingdom Jesus showed us, taught us, and lived.
Our scripture reading is from Luke 11 — the persistent neighbor. As I thought about persistence in the ways we can co-create with God, in the ways in which we invest our lives, I began to feel inklings of guilt. What was I doing with my everyday life? How was I being creative with all that God has given me? I was so engrossed in these thoughts that I began to feel not only guilty, but overwhelmed! So I took a nap and decided I’d think more about that tomorrow.
Now it’s tomorrow — or, to be honest, the tomorrow after tomorrow — and I’ve got to get this blog written and then the sermons finished. “Carpe diem,” I said aloud as I got started this morning . . . and yesterday morning . . . and the day before that.
Mary Oliver once asked, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” God gives us life, invites us to participate in co-creating life and God’s kingdom around us, and empowers us to do it. And what do we do? We act as if it’s some far-off, lofty notion when, in fact, it’s a choice we make in every moment of every day. What keeps us from “gettin’ going?!”
So this Sunday let’s look together at the small yet significant ways we are co-creating with the Creator and Creating God. Let’s explore the power God gives us to be the Body of Christ in our own world. And in our exploring, perhaps we might begin to feel a slight breeze. . .
Rev. Linda McDermott,
Senior Associate Pastor & Associate Pastor of Worship