This Sunday, August 19, 2018, we continued our Via Positiva theme of Yes! In Deed! exploring the various ways that we can embody our “Yes!” our “Oh, Yeah” in the world.
Guest speaker Todd Hoppock began with this provocative question: “Is the universe benevolent, malevolent, or indifferent?”
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 7:14; 9:7-10; & chapter 11: God makes both good and bad times
From the Jesus Story: Luke 22:22-34: I have been with you as a servant.
From the Jesus Story: Mark 4:3-9 & 14-20: the seedling withered because its roots didn’t go deep in the soil.
Ultimately, I don’t think the question about whether the universe is good, bad, or indifferent is really about the universe outside us at all. I think it is about the universe inside of us, and what we build together.
What should we do? As the writer of Ecclesiastes says, to paraphrase, eat, drink, and be merry.
“When times are good, enjoy them and be happy.”
“Cherish every moment of the fleeting life which God has given you under the sun.”
Don’t be fearful of what is to come, because you can’t know which way the wind will blow or when the storms will come.
“Get up early and sow your seed, and in the evening find worthwhile things to do, for you never know which will profit you.”
Yes, there will be more hard times. Yes, there will be suffering. But the good news is, it all turns out good in the end. There is a happy ending, if we write it. We can bring about good things, if we expect them and let them grow, if we don’t choke them out with our fears.
We get to make the Universe we want, the Universe that God wants, God’s Kingdom, because we are part of God and God is part of us. And then, you know what we will say — we will look at it all, and we will say, Oh Yeah!