Dear Hope Family,
A recent conversation with a friend started innocently enough. We followed the course of usual pleasantries and standard small-talk. Our “catching up” turned decidedly more vulnerable and more interesting when he offered two unusual, non-standard responses to my “How are you doing?”. He replied with a question and a parable!
First, the question, “Why can’t anything be easy right now?”
Second, he said, the parable: “An attendant at a train station notices that the same man walks onto the same train platform and takes a seat. He follows this routine for some days in a row. He never boards a train. He never purchases a ticket. He never greets an arriving passenger nor drops off a departing passenger. He simply sits for a while and watches trains enter and depart from the station. All the while a contented look takes over his face. The attendant, curious to understand, finally inquires what the man is doing. The man explains, “I find it very comforting to watch something in the world move forward and get momentum that I do not have to get behind and push!”
My friend finished, “That’s how I am doing today.”
Victories, easy wins, are sweet and rare these days, it seems.
Things moving forward independent of shoves and urgings forward are sweet and rare these days, it seems.
On Sunday evening, we are excited to celebrate one thing that we hope is easy for you to enjoy, one thing that will move forward and you do not have to muscle it ahead: Hope’s Fall Festival.
We want to continue the great momentum of the Summer Nights concerts and the joy of gathering together outside on the lawn at the church for fun, recreation, and relationships.
I sincerely invite you and ask you to make plans to join us!
Grace and peace,