Monday, December 19, 2005


Welcome to Mo's Musings. I don't claim to have a corner on the inspiration market, but I have for the past few years written a weekly column for my choir rehearsals and for the past year or so I've been toying with the idea of expanding the dialogue by including the same material in a blog. Sometimes writing allows me to explore thoughts and ideas and helps me to arrive at conclusions that otherwise hang just out of mental reach. So what's my goal for this blog? I'm not really sure, but it probably relates to one of my favorite ministry encounters I'll share below.

One of the defining moments in my ministry came when I encountered an upset preschooler and his mother in the sanctuary after evening worship the first Sunday after the Fall time-change. Hank had become accustomed to going into the sanctuary every Sunday evening after his preschool class and looking at the picture of Jesus rendered in stained glass above our baptistry. Because of the time-change it was now dark outside at that time of day, and the picture was no longer visible. Hank was upset because he wanted to see Jesus and couldn't.

The problem had an easy solution. I just went back to the stairwell that led up to the baptistry and turned on the spotlight that we used to show the stained glass window after dark. Once he could see the picture clearly, Hank settled down and they could go home in peace. Knowing the difficulty she would have had getting him settled down otherwise, Hank's mom was extremely grateful. "It's no problem," I replied. "It's my job to make it easier for people to see Jesus."

Ever said something profound without trying to? It seems that everything profound I have ever thought or said in my life came by accident ... and this was one of those times. The deep truth of that statement took me by surprise (did that just come out of my mouth?), and it will probably stay with me all of my life ... at least I hope it does.

Thats enough to think about for now.


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