Dream of Flight

September 1, 2012


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. (John 1:1-4)

One of the recent trips I took was meeting with the synod executives in Albuquerque, N.M. In the Albuquerque airport stands this bronze statue by Lincoln Fox called “Dream of Flight”.

Below it is this inscription:

“The dream of flight is born within the heart of man (sic), embracing the desire to be free from the confines of the earth’s surface. Hopefully the dream includes the possibility of freedom from limiting thought and action. As our imagination is freed to receive greater truths, then fear, closed thinking, and poverty of spirit will be left behind … far below.”

For Christians, the eagle is an ancient symbol for the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. John the Evangelist. The opening words of John 1 proclaim the profundity of the living God who speaks, whose very word is life, and who takes life in the God-man, Jesus Christ.

In my travels, I have visited with presbyteries, synod executives, and national staff who are serving faithfully in a time of shifting paradigms, very limited and diminishing financial resources, yet with an openness to what the Holy Spirit is leading us as the PC(USA) to do and to become.

None of us, certainly not this Moderator, nor any will of our own, nor any strategies or programs can bring revival. I’ve said continually, I’m not the sage on the stage, I’m not the one who can walk on water. But I know the One who has. I see my role, I see our role, to direct one another’s attention and, indeed, the whole world’s attention to the Word, Jesus Christ, for in him our prayers, hopes, and our dreams take flight.

To the glory of Christ alone.

  1. My question to you, Mr. Moderator, With the entertaining of the idea of a Holy Spirit Revival; would you be bold enough to desire one for yourself and for God’s people. At times such as these, as past history have shown, God has indeed poured out revivals. In Charles Finney's day, all the trappings of today's climate of apathy toward religion (church, God, ethics, moralities) paralleled. He and others were raised up by God to pray and seek what could and/or should be for their time. In answer to these prayers, the Holy Spirit was poured out for the better part of a hundred year, worldwide. I, for one, believe that it is time to pray and seek God about what could and/or should be done in our times. I believe the only answer is the pouring out again from God’s Heaven of a refreshing of God’s Holy Spirit in and for the saved and the lost. I ask you, Mr. Moderator, not to join me in this prayer, but to prayer and ask God His desire for His people at this point and time of history. You are right to say that revival does not come from man or doctrine, etc. It comes from the heart of God (the love of God) to His praying servants that return His heart (His love) to Him in prayer. We do play a part, Mr. Moderator, by praying and seeking His will. Amen and thank you, Charles Everett

    by Charles Everett

    September 4, 2012

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