Every now and then something happens such that, if we are being honest, we say, "that couldn't possibly have happened. But it did."
That's how I feel about what is being called the "Miracle on the Hudson." Captain Chesley Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 340 in the river. It should have broken up and cartwheeled on impact. A swimmer would have perished within 5 minutes of entering the frigid water. Yet not one soul among 155 was lost.
This coming Tuesday's Inauguration will mark the culmination of another seemingly miraculous journey. We ought to cast off any assumptions we may still hold about what our leaders should look or sound like.
We can discern the hand of God at work in dramatic lifesaving situations, and in historic national events. Can we see it in the life of our families, our church, our communities? What has God done in your life this past year? (In my life, I recovered from a fall that cracked my spine in time to kayak one of the biggest rivers in Colorado.) Do we believe that God may do something this year that will take our breath away?
And yet. Whatever heights our dreams may attain, whatever breadth our audacious hopes may span, whatever depth of analysis and inquiry we undertake, there is always the Higher, Broader, Deeper--in the inheritance our Father has given us, in the love of Christ within us, and the life of the power of the Spirit. Amen.