Last summer, Katie and I spent a week in the Hudson Valley. While there we took an afternoon to visit FDR’s house and the museum that’s there on the property. When you walk into the museum there are several walls and partitions that are covered with correspondences he had received over his time in office. Some were letters from people who singing his praises, others were letters disagreeing with him, his politics, actions, and all the rest. However, there was one that stuck out both for content, but also visually–it was an almost blank piece of paper, amid hundreds of pieces of paper that were covered with words. This one was also the most straightforward of them all. The letter was on a company’s letterhead, it’s president and CEO the author. Written in response to one of FDR’s “Fireside Chats,” it contained only the following words:
During my interviews with folks at St. Alban’s back in June of 2011 John Lawrence, the Interim Rector, had mentioned that I would need to contribute an article once a week to the church’s blog. At that moment the prospect of writing a weekly blog post on just about anything I wanted, but that “probably should relate, in some way, to the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel,” seemed like no big deal. However, the first time I sat down to a blank screen to write what perhaps hundreds of readers would digest, the task became much more challenging, much more monumental. What would I have to say about Jesus, the Good News, our faith and all the rest that ANYONE would want to read, much less glean some sort of insight into their own faith lives?
I will admit that writing for the Daily Cup has been one of the most challenging and rewarding theological exercises of my life. Some weeks have been struggles, some weeks the post just flowed out. But isn’t that just the way with our faith, with our relationship with God? Sometimes we feel like we are walking side by side with the divine…other times we may feel like we’re in the valley of dry bones. But each week–this being the 237th week of our walk together with “The Daily Cup”–I’ve put into words, matured, struggled, shared joy, challenged, been challenged and grown a little in my faith. That action and discipline has been a wonderful exercise for me and my faith formation. Thank you for sharing in that with me.
What I would ask of you all–you readers of “The Cup”–is to continue to read what we write….but even more importantly, if something moves you: let us know. Post a comment, zip us an email, catch us in the Narthex on Sunday morning. If you disagree with what we’ve written, let us know that too. Each of the authors puts a good amount of time and thought into our posts, often never knowing if what we’ve written has had any impact at all on those who have read them.
Writing for The Daily Cup has been one of the many, many joys of my ministry at St. Alban’s and something for which I give such thanks to God.
With Easter Blessings,
P.S. I understand that Rev. Emily Griffin will be taking over my Friday spot going forward…so you are in EXCELLENT hands.