Bryan Cisler serves as the Digital Media Specialist at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
This weekend is the groundbreaking of our new building at Resurrection. When I read today’s scripture I can’t help but see the parallels. As you watch the groundbreaking, try to imagine all the events that are going to take place during this building’s life span. There will likely be several scientific breakthroughs in how we produce and store energy that will spark a new wave of human innovation. There might be a tragic event that will test our strength. There could be a new civil rights event – even as forward thinking as we think we are – that will challenge how we view the world. For all of the people who walk through our building in the next hundred years, how will their experiences shape the way they react to these events? Will it be different than if they had never stepped in at all? Will they use their faith to make Kansas City feel more like the Tree of Life described in today’s scripture?
Obviously, it takes more than a building to change people’s hearts. It’s what they see, hear, and experience in the building that will shape how they act outside of it. Allow yourself to dream about what we can do in the present to joyfully serve with our time and talents, that will continue to pave the way for God to work through the countless number of lives that will enter this sacred space. Even if we aren’t around long enough to experience the fruits of what future generations accomplish at Resurrection, as the Greek proverb goes, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
Return to the GPS Guide to read today’s scripture and reflection questions.