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.