As the pastor of The Land, my responsibility lies in the perpetual, and the often inconvenient, reminder that we are a community of faith. A reminder that as a community we inherit a commitment to reimagining lifestyles outside the architect of the pressured consumerism that often saturates our daily schedules. When the world demands visible progress at any cost using any means, the people of faith are called to pause and put first things first.
At The Land, it is first things first...and the first thing is always love.
When the chaos of the world pushes for more, love pulls us into the comfort of enough. Love speaks from a place of abundance. Love inspires from a place of connectedness.
How are we loving the prairie dogs, the horned lark, the Black-Eyed Susans, and the prairie grasses? How are we loving ourselves and our human community enough to let go of who we thought we were and what we thought we were supposed to be doing so that we might expand our understanding of who God has created, and is creating, us to be?
Love liberates us from our obsession with scarcity and welcomes us into the freedom of reciprocity. Love teaches us that we already have everything we need if we just settle in long enough to understand the power and possibility of what already is…of what is already present.
My goal as the pastor of The Land has been and will always be to map the road ahead allowing love to take the lead. Step by step we follow in the footsteps of the One who always goes before us to prepare the way. Day by day we show up with a relentless faith that it will be love that will deliver us exactly where we are meant to be.