We live with uncertainties. Uncertainties in health, relationships, money issues, job security. We do not know if the next meal or the next trip will be our last. A few days ago posted on Facebook from one of my classmates: MeriLynn, her son and his wife are Kent and Jessica: Very thankful for God's protection over Kent and Jessica last night - many thanks to all the firefighters and responders. Their barn caught on fire during the night and burned to the ground - we are so grateful their home was spared and there was no loss of life. Uncertainties accompany us.
In our culture it is popular to believe the claims of Christianity are too exclusive, “many ways to salvation after all.” “What’s right for me may not be right for you,” we are told. What stuck in my head many years ago is the person that observed that it is true that according to the Bible, the road to salvation is narrow, but anyone can walk that road. The road is narrow, but the pathway is open to all. Call me narrow-minded if you must, in terms of the way to salvation, but complete the picture and call me broad-minded in terms of who is invited to walk that road.
Back in my days of seminary, I did an internship as a hospital chaplain. It was a life changing experience. I was there once a week for ten weeks. In the afternoon I was given a list of people to visit not know a thing about them. Although we were unashamedly Christian, we had to respect different traditions and religions. Chaplain Manley taught me to approach people in a number of ways, one of them, “How is your faith.” The question was open ended enough that people could answer from different perspectives, but narrow enough that they knew I was there to talk about more than issues of health.
Unhindered. I love that word/thought. To be unhindered, not obstructed by any obstacles or difficulties. To be unhindered. No opposition. Maybe that’s why we admire great world-class athletes, downhill skiers in the Olympics, no holding back. A skydiver is unhindered…