-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD
Our sermon does not come out of our mouths. Actions speak louder. Francis of Assisi and grandma were right.
Sorting out all of our keepsakes after a recent move revealed this truth. Our identities are strong and strangely consistent. Case in point: Finding The Rethinking Church postcard from 2006. (LEAD is only 10 years old.)
The point of keeping memorabilia is to teach ourselves who we are when we forget.
Why does this matter?
Without these reminders, we would miss the themes of our lives. We would not recall the experiences that have shaped us into a new form of ourselves. We would stay stuck in the adrenaline of fight, flight, or freeze.
With hindsight we can see, like cracks in our personal timeline, the moments we repented. The floods, fires, and heartbreaks that have broken us so we might be rebuilt.
We can recall the people who have imprinted on us. The laughter, dreams, and love of a flash of genuine hope.
So, if we really hope to learn something from the headlines of the past few years, then we will. We can speak our love of God every time we encounter another person. Every time.