Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:20-24)
In Eugene Peterson's "The Message" restates this passage in a fresh way. "Anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal." One of the most difficult decisions in my life was to let go of my active, formal ministry here at St. Paul's. I knew on several levels that it was time...but it was frightening. I trusted that when I left my position God would fill it with something new that would bear much fruit. Indeed that has happened. St. Paul's community of faith is more alive and vibrant and diverse and creative than at any time in our history. At the same time, I am surprised each day with new adventures ahead of me. God is ever calling us all forward to something real and eternal.
Creator God, give us courage to let go of life as it is, so that we may see with new eyes and live with new devotion. Amen.
Terry Thompson — painter, crier, mentor