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“I Didn’t See That One Coming!”-June Pastor's Note
July 14, 2020, 2:27 PM

 

Collision Corner

In the past few weeks, there have been two accidents on our church corner. I heard the impacts from my church office. In both cases, the vehicles traveling north on C Street ran the stop sign and collided with the vehicles traveling west on 1st Street. Neither of the C Street drivers could see past the corner buildings. Both accidents occurred in the day time.

These kinds of accidents put the drivers into shock and a confused, foggy way of thinking, even if they aren’t physically injured. Then the damage to the vehicle increases their distress.

Most drivers, including me, have been involved in collisions caused by any one of so many possibilities - bad weather conditions, poor street design, distractions, inattention, incapacitated drivers. It’s a moment when seconds or fractions of seconds become imprinted in the memory and there is absolutely nothing that can be done to alter the course of it. Everything changes in a moment.

Christianity changes over the course of history and not always for the better. When collisions occur it disrupts “our way of thinking.” We want to go back to “the way we were” and we may be less inclined to see what God can do in that transformative moment.

Even when we have long traveled with the right of way, how might we respond to collisions at the intersections of life? Of course, laws are set up to determine who has the right of way but accidents happen. Sometimes installing a round-about, like the new one on Highway 282, slows us down, causes us to be more aware of the other drivers, and can prevent accidents. Is God encouraging us to install some spiritual round-abouts in our churches and communities? We are frequently colliding on topics such as human sexuality, immigration, and others. Can we build a round-about that slows us down, makes us listen to others so everyone can maneuver the intersections safely? God’s round-about allows us to see the other as real persons made in God’s image and with whom we navigate together in the round-about. Can we find ways to engage in the intersections without a collision? The world is changing. God is moving us into a conversation with, not just about the other. God’s round-about gives room to everyone.

Did you see that one coming?

“The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

 

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