As part of my call to First Presbyterian Church, I have covenanted with our congregation to spend two weeks of the year learning. It is important for all people to learn new things and to seek renewal, but it seems to be especially important for those who are called to proclaim the Word week after week.
So, here I am, once again, at the Annual Recreation Workshop at Montreat Conference Center. It sounds like a lot of fun and games–and it is. But more importantly, it is a gathering of some of the most creative people in ministry today. People who are committed to knowing God’s contagious joy and sharing it with the world.
I thought I would share with you some of the things we are thinking and talking and praying about this week.
Did you know that the word “create” is in the Bible 22 times, and it is only used with the word “God”. In the Bible, it is only God who has the power to create. It is we, who are created in God’s image, who are invited to participate in re-creation.
A poem from Dante:
In Hell there is no hope and no laughter
In Purgatory, there is no laughter, but there is hope
In heaven, hope is no longer necessary, because there is laughter
When we laugh at ourselves, we can forgive ourselves. When we can forgive ourselves, we can forgive others. When we can forgive others, we can truly love one another.