Pastor’s Pondering – May 4, 2016


At graduation time, one of the popular gifts on bookstore display shelves is Dr. Seuss.

     No, it’s not “The Best Nest” or “Horton Hears a Who” or “The Butter Battle Book”

          (although each of those has a powerful theme and rhyme and reason).

The graduation Seuss of choice is Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

     and it suits the liturgical season of the post-resurrection Christ

          calling and leading followers along “the way” of discipleship.

Some of the pithy Seussisms of this work are:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

“You’re off to Great Places!          Today is your day!                Your mountain is waiting,                    So… get on your way!”

We have all lived on the verge of graduation (most of us several).

     Moving from one stage and phase of life to another is not always easy.

         It always offers wonderful opportunities and great challenges.

As we move from Easter to Pentecost in the wake of the Risen Christ,

     we can quiver in anticipation or cower in fear.

         We can dream dreams and see visions or imagine our worst nightmare.

               We can stand paralyzed, or jog in place, or put one foot in front of the other,

                    and go to the places Christ calls us, awaits us, prepares for us.

In this liturgical season, we take great comfort and strong challenge and powerful support

     in the knowledge that the places we’ll go will not be visited alone.

         The Holy Spirit of the Risen Christ will be with us,

               breathing life into and through us into his world.

Oh! The places we’ll go as the Spirit of the Living Lord falls afresh on us.

     Oh! The places we’ll go as we accept the Peace of Christ that casts out our fear.

         Oh! The places we’ll go as we share the peace of Christ with those who are gasping for air.

As individual disciples and the corporate Body of Christ,

     We will not go where we choose to go,

          but where the Spirit of Christ blows us.

               It is simply our say to follow the call.

“We’re off to Great Places!                         Today is our day!                               Our mountain is waiting,                                  So… let’s get on our way!”

Just pondering…

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