Fortified with hope and patience, we can give birth to something great.
by Cindy Costello, executive director
Working in a municipality close to Ferguson, Missouri, has been an exercise in pregnant waiting over the past several weeks. We have been stewing in nearly equal parts of hope and fear for an announcement that really wasn’t an end to anything. It was a milestone in what will likely be a long process of examination and preparation, hopefully leading in a better direction.
We find ourselves at the unlikely epicenter of a movement for change. In July of 2014 no one could have expected or predicted that these events would unfold. Most of us were living in the comfortable bubbles of years past. We were comfortable with the status quo and, in moments of blazing honesty, may have admitted that additional changes were still needed. But gosh, this is the way it has always been … maybe we’ll change, tomorrow.
While tragic on every level, Ferguson calls us to be open to change and to live courageously with hope not despair; with love not anger. Our work on dignity and equality is not over. We are called to advocate for progress. Fortified with hope and patience, we can give birth to something great. We needn’t put our heads in the sand or hang them in shame. We are at the center of a movement of change for a better world.
This reminds me of the story of Mary and Joseph after the angel cued them into the upcoming changes in their lives. What leaps of faith they had to take! They didn’t understand the implications, yet they lived with faith, hope and courage. Certainly no one could have guessed that a movement would start in that little town in Galilee.
Today, we experience Advent as a time of hope and preparation. It is a beginning not an ending. In light of Ferguson, it is right and fitting that we sit with these present day hopes and fears during this time of the church year. We need to dig deep for the courage, strength and patience to create a better world with love not violence; with humility not self-service; with faith not fear.
We find ourselves at the epicenter of a movement for change. Let us embrace it with peace, love, hope and courage. For nothing with God is impossible.