by Eugene W. James, Jr.
The glow of inspiration warms us; this holy rapture springs from the seeds of the Divine mind sown in man. — Ovid
When Dr. Sharon Watkins introduced the concept of Mission First! to the College of Regional Ministers, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve never mentioned this, but it was similar to an idea that has floated in my mind for years, but I wasn’t quite sure how to articulate it and didn’t have any idea how to go about making it happen. I believe when people have input in creating something, they are inclined to put effort into it being successful. I would think that this is an expected outcome of all the work coming out of the Mission Gatherings and the Mission Council. And, quite frankly, it just makes sense to involve as many people as possible in the discernment of where God is leading the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) United States and Canada.
It’s my hope that along with the critical information that is being obtained from all the discussions and deliberations, that inspiration will continuously percolate to the surface and permeate every phase of this initiative. “…seeds of the Divine mind…”; the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Gracious and loving Jehovah, holy and righteous is your name; you are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. We are grateful for the diligent efforts of so many Disciples in so many places as we strive to understand your will for us as we seek to truly be a movement for wholeness in a world, a country that has become even more fragmented. Though the task may seem daunting, help us to put our hope and trust in you. Help us to remember that which seems immensely difficult can be accomplished by the strength you make available to those who trust in you.
Thank you for the dedicated and committed persons at every level of our structure who have given of their time, gifts, and resources to Mission First! Anoint them in a very special way; may their hearts be fertile soil as your seeds of inspiration are sown. We thank you even now for a bountiful harvest.
In Jesus name, Amen