by Bishop Mark Narum – 4/12/2016
Can we lay aside whatever it is that prevents us from living, being and speaking about the hope we have?
We are just coming off the “Tilling the Soil: Stirring Christ-centered Imagination” event. About 75 people from across Western North Dakota gathered in a space overlooking the Missouri River as well as neighborhoods of Bismarck and Mandan. We centered our time around the Parable of the Sower. Together we looked over this vista wondering who in that moment across the prairies was holding a new baby and dreaming the very best for them; who was new to the community feeling alone and wondering if anyone would befriend or accept them; who was wondering about life’s purpose; who across the vista was standing on the brink of a black hole afraid they may be swallowed whole. In the midst of all of this the question rises, “How is Christ calling us to love, care, welcome and engage these neighbors?”
There was a time that people of Christ had a passion to reach beyond themselves, to start new ministries because it would mean others would have a place to get to know this risen Jesus and worship God the Father. Is that passion still alive? Are we willing to take Jesus seriously and sow Gospel seeds freely and generously?
The Good News matters! Can we lay aside whatever it is that prevents us from living, being and speaking about the hope we have? If we can be so bold it might change our lives.