For the next two months (August and September), I will be delving very thoroughly into our theme for this year: The Year of Building. For those of you who attended our Retreat back in May, this is going to be a good time to pull out the work you began with Colleen as we will be revisiting the construction work that she helped us start. I will not be building directly off of Colleen’s messages so attending retreat will not be an essential prerequisite to this sermon series. Instead, those who attended retreat will simply be able to think about the ways they already began thinking about the building work needed in their own life and in the life of our church.
This series will explore a plethora of areas in our life where we can choose to build the kind of life we want. Today the series opens with a sermon I have titled, “Building in the Void.” It seemed appropriate to begin with a sermon focused on building in the empty spaces/building the new thing we have to create out of the void. What areas of your life are void? Where is the whole in your heart? Are you feeling devoid of love, connections, or meaning? Time to build.
This past week was a very challenging one for me. A hole, a void, is currently forming in the northwest corner of my family. As most of you know, my grandmother is slowly wasting away to old age and infection, and the weight of that can be felt as you sit with her in the northwest bedroom of my family home. This slow process is causing a hole to rip open slowly, like the seam giving way around the collar of a favorite T-shirt. As each of my family members make his or her final visit, our commitments force us to have to leave even though we wish we could remain until the end. So the hole opens slowly. The seam tears away a bit more with each tearful goodbye, mine just being the most recent. But the seam is stubborn and the hole is slow to form.
Black Elk once wrote, “The life of a person is a circle from birth to death.” Sometimes that circle seems so big, other times very small. Where is your life on this circle? Is there a void, a hole, in your heart? Maybe the meaning you once found in life and in faith seems to be unraveling? Or perhaps you are strong and ready to grow? No matter where you are on the circle, let’s build together. Will you open your heart and explore it with me over coming weeks?