Spending time in a church office

A desk drawer filled with odd mementos: gold stars,

crosses, buttons, a few coins from 40 years ago.

Scraps of correspondence for people long gone

Bookcases with musty old books, outdated and unread

Copies of old bulletins for service long forgotten

Carefully saved – for what?

No one cleans them out, recycles them again for some good new use

Culls the stacks of yellowed paper

Discards the detritus; separates wheat from chaff.

We cannot face the future so we hold and glorify the past

Embellish the stories of events and people to warm hearts

We don’t have a vision so we settle for memories.

The religious force that challenged the Roman empire and won

that changed history…

Is relegated. Has been turned into quaint and historic and contained in sacred buildings

The sources of power to change lives and move mountains

Are exhibits in this museum where we come, visit and look at occasionally

But we don’t engage fully, don’t understand the power we have available

If one could see in it the key to access the power that created us

That calls us, that makes us restless and desiring of something more.

That has the ability to change us forever.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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