Rev. Richard Halverson served as the chaplain of the Senate from the early 80’s until the mid-90. He said something that continues to linger with me. I’m not sure it’s an exact quote but it goes something like this,“You go nowhere by accident. Wherever you go, God is with you. Wherever you are God has put you there.” No worries. I will not be reflecting on the differences between Anti-papists and Calvinists. Halverson’s quote is not to discuss the dissimilarity between free will and predestination or accident versus choice. That would be treacherously boring for me to write about and for you to have to read. The gift I take from Rev. Halverson’s quote is the realization that wherever I go – there is purpose. Wherever I am – lost, found, wandering, wavering – I always have purpose.
We want you to hear that there is opportunity to do great things no matter where you are — no matter where you find yourself, even in the midst of a pandemic. Each one of us has the opportunity to do great things – to respond in Christ-like ways. That’s not accidental. An accident is an incidental and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. Our journey of faith is not accidental – there is an always purpose – call it intentionality if you like. The wherever you are does not determine the purpose of why you are there. Purpose is the reason for which something – someone is created. It is the reason for which each one of us exists.
Scripture Reading: John 12:35b-36
“Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
What great thing have you done?
How are you being Christ-like during COVID-19?
What accident has become a blessing?
Prayer: Holy God, remind me that you are present and that I go nowhere by accident. Let me live into the light and do great things. Amen.
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