Stewards of Mystery
Think of us (the apostles) in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.
I'm sure we're all experiencing it differently, but a truth that unites us all right now is that we are in a time of transition as a church. We've been through a lot of changes over the last two years, and there are more to come. Perhaps the changes in our community have overlapped or mirrored larger changes in the world that you're aware of, or perhaps they've coincided with major transition in your own personal life. I personally am seeing my time at Village Church – and the life I've built with all of you over the last two years – draw to a close, while my unknowable life as a soon-to-be mother begins to draw nearer. I don't know what it will be like to live through this change, and I don't know when I'll be a “minister” again. I have a lot of hope and excitement, as well as a lot of grief and anxiety.
In a time like this, I turn to this scripture to remind myself of who I am – who we all are, really. We are servants of Christ – of his ministry, of his message, of his vision, of his Love – and we are stewards of God's mysteries – of God's ministry, of God's message, of God's vision, of God's Love. In all times, in all places, in all circumstances.
When the sands are shifting around us, we may try even harder to find something to hold onto that seems concrete and stable. Particularly in our rational culture, we often think our greatest task is to plow ahead towards greater knowledge and greater certainty - about ourselves, our lives, our world, and God. We search for the right word, the right paradigm, the right meaning to ascribe to God and everything else.
This passage suggests to me that what may draw us closer to the heart of God and farther down our path is not our clarity and certainty, but our willingness to lift up and learn to love the things of God that we cannot understand. To be a steward of the mystery of the Love that created and re-creates our lives and our world. Rather than trying to name God and figure out our lives, perhaps this is a time to let God name us and teach us what Love in the world is, so that we might become servants of that Love. Rather than trying to solve the mystery of God and our lives, perhaps this is a time to become stewards of holy Mystery, a people who continue to journey while holding up the beauty and strength of God's love and presence, even though we will never fully comprehend it.
Prayer: God of Love and Mystery, help us to be servants and stewards of those things we will never fully understand – your unconditional Love, beauty, presence, and hope – in all times, in all places, in all circumstances. Amen.