Touché   June 5, 2015
Posted on June 5, 2015 by under Touché,

Re: Precious Cargo

“To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises…” (2 Peter 1:1-4)

“Remember: you have precious cargo!”  Those were the words of my mother whenever I would drive with friends in high school.  It was a reminder to drive safely and make good decisions.  Three weeks ago we drove the church van up to Holy Cross Monastery.  I had “precious cargo,” the magnificent seven as we are calling them, the confirmation group of 2015.  This Sunday they will confirm their faith and we have an opportunity to give this group a gift of a new church van.  Our leaders have decided that the van I drove three weeks ago is done for carrying our “precious cargo” and it is time for a new one.  I invite you to honor this group of young people with a significant gift towards the $27,000 we have spent on this van.

Think of the places this church van goes—to Mountain Top in Appalachia, to JFK to send our kids off to Africa and the Dominican Republic, to Odyssey each week to carry precious cargo of special-needs folks to worship.  Our green van has traveled this country, and so too our new white van will send our young people into the world.  It is fitting that it be safe and functional for all the precious cargo it will carry.

Think of the places these young people will go.  At Holy Cross Monastery, their favorite monk, Joseph, stressed that all of them have a calling.  This Sunday I will start a four-week series on the life of David looking into the calling that each of us has in Christ.  It starts with the kids, but it will be directed toward everyone who has been called “by his own glory and goodness.”  I am glad that the van carried us to Holy Cross, but I am more thankful for the reminder that these kids are called to a life of significance for God’s glory and are precious in the sight of God.

It will be a beautiful day of dance, of song, of baptism and blessing as we celebrate the calling these kids have, and we all have, to a precious faith and holy calling.

In Christ,