In the Interim: 3/29/2019

terri-burnorI woke up on Thursday all excited about the possibility for the day. This day was the season opener for major-league baseball and the Twins home opener. My spouse and I have been part of a season ticket group going far back into the Metrodome days. We rarely miss the start. It is my favorite game of the entire year. There is so much excitement and energy and curiosity. New players. New team. New season. (By the way, the Twins won 2-0 in one of the best games I’ve seen in a long time.)

Even though all of us Twins fans know it’s a rebuilding year, we’re still teased by the possibilities, still dream about what could happen — maybe not this year, but perhaps, just maybe, not that far away either. Or maybe not. Who knows!?!

Sports (and especially the professional sporting industry) are not perfect. Yet they can offer a great teaching in life’s journey of possibilities, momentum, resiliency and hope.

As we close out this month on the theme of journey, I continue to be guided by the related theme of possibilities that are inherent along the way. With that, I wonder … what if we looked for the most obvious possibilities right in front of us? What if we grabbed onto the ones that we may be most tempted to ignore? In baseball, there are game-changing possibilities in the swing of a bat, the pitch of a ball, a single inning, the energy of a fan-uniting, team-inspiring rallying cry.

One moment can alter a game. String enough of those moments together, and a whole season can change.

One moment can alter our day. Opening ourselves to possibilities can change the trajectory of our thoughts, our decisions, our feelings, our future. Whether large or small, these possibilities are before us. They are landmarks on the map that can take us down an entirely different road or help us realize the road in an entirely different way. Naming and claiming the possibilities that can alter our path is a powerful choice. May you know there’s a whole community cheering you on and supporting you. We’re big, big fans, through thick and thin!

— Terri

Each week, the interim ministry team will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme, the state of the church, or the state of the world. MegTerri and Arif will alternate writing this “In the Interim” post. We encourage your comments.

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