Word on the Avenue: A mountaintop is not the location | Faith & Values

If ending homelessness is the target, I really do not normally feel Micah has accomplished a incredibly good work.

Nevertheless, right after 15 decades, there is normally a person else in disaster, a little something additional we could have carried out, or a unique final decision we could possibly have produced.

In my scenario, I chose a life’s contacting simply because I required to make a variance and for a prolonged time, if the work didn’t just take our neighbors, independently and collectively, to the mountaintop, I wondered if there was even a tale well worth telling. Our neighbors are often like that, way too. If they just cannot get it all collectively, place their earlier aside and exhibit up in the means the rest of the world expects of them, they halt believing they are even deserving of climbing the mountain.

What I have occur to find out our churches did all these yrs back, in generating Micah, was dedicate much less to the mountaintop and much a lot more to the valley operate that alleviates the struggling. Positive, there have been many mountaintops in this journey: the opening of our respite dwelling, welcoming hundreds of continual homeless into a new residence, and most just lately, an option to shelter nearly the full road population through the pandemic, to name a handful of.

But following God to a location of accurate reconciliation, generally can take us again to the valley.

Which is the tale of Jesus (Mark 9:2-9), as nicely.

In a the latest sermon, Carla Pratt Keyes of Ginter Park Presbyterian in Richmond claimed struggling is important to be human.