Phrase on the Road: A mountaintop is not the vacation spot | Faith & Values

Giving a hand

If ending homelessness is the purpose, I never usually feel Micah has done a really excellent task.

Still, after 15 several years, there is usually somebody else in disaster, anything a lot more we could have performed, or a different determination we may well have designed.

In my scenario, I selected a life’s calling mainly because I required to make a variance and for a very long time, if the operate didn’t choose our neighbors, independently and collectively, to the mountaintop, I questioned if there was even a tale worthy of telling. Our neighbors are normally like that, also. If they can’t get it all collectively, place their past aside and present up in the means the rest of the earth expects of them, they cease believing they are even worthy of climbing the mountain.

What I have occur to study our churches did all all those several years ago, in creating Micah, was dedicate less to the mountaintop and much extra to the valley get the job done that alleviates the suffering. Certain, there have been a lot of mountaintops in this journey: the opening of our respite house, welcoming hundreds of continual homeless into a new household, and most recently, an chance to shelter just about the whole avenue populace through the pandemic, to name a several.

But adhering to God to a area of real reconciliation, often will take us again to the valley.

That is the story of Jesus (Mark 9:2-9), as effectively.

In a current sermon, Carla Pratt Keyes of Ginter Park Presbyterian in Richmond mentioned suffering is necessary to be human.