Our service for Father’s Day continues the tradition of our God’s Promised Land service of hymns and spirituals. Our scripture readings are Genesis 1 –2:4a and Matthew 28:16-20, the Great Commission. The road we are on with Jesus leads to the world promised in several places in the Bible, a world of shalom where love and peace prevail.
People living in slavery and poverty, the people who created most of our great spirituals in the past, clung to this promise for the strength they needed to just carry on in circumstances we have difficulty fully understanding.
Those who chose to follow Jesus on the Way, on the road where he leads, encounter the Great Commission as a barrier and doorway on their journey. It is frightening for most people to invite others on this journey, yet the act of inviting others keeps our feet planted more firmly. If the end of the road is our destination, then it inspires us to encourage others to join with us. Inviting them helps us keep our eyes on this end, this goal, and their company makes it more rewarding to continue our journey.
And while this road is narrow in some ways, it is wide enough to include any who wish to do so. Mahatma Ghandi followed this road as a Hindu. Some follow it as atheists. They choose this road because they see it as the best way to a very desirable end.
May we all share in this journey.