By: Stephen Lewis
December 23, 2015
During this season of Advent, let us continue to work together to cultivate the kinds of courageous leaders who can dwell in the presence of now, the urgency of now, and the hope of now.
When we look at the world around us, between us and in us being strangled by loss and violence, it’s easy for our hearts to be shattered pieces on the ground of despair. It’s easier to fill our mouths with empty words of faith, hope and irrelevant idealism.
As this year comes to a close, I am deeply thankful for FTE Alumni, friends, partners and colleagues who resist these urges and have been tilling the ground where they labor and planting seeds of hope and healing. I also want to express my deep appreciation for the many ways you encourage, support and inspire FTE in its work on behalf of God’s church. Thank you for the important ways you work on behalf of God’s vision for the broader society and us all.
Faithful leaders like you are making important and lasting impact in communities, institutions and schools. You and like-minded peers are on the front lines of cultivating the kinds of leaders the church, academy and communities around the world are in desperate need of now in hopes of a better day. While we look forward to that day, there is work for you and me to do in partnership with God.
During this season of Advent, let us continue to work together to cultivate the kinds of courageous leaders who can dwell in the presence of now, the urgency of now, and the hope of now. This was the now that Simeon and Anna must have anticipated when they beheld the Holy child. In that Advent moment centuries ago, their hopes of now had come. In this Advent moment, our deep longings and prayers for now may come too. It will only come when we behold the Holy child—God who is with us—at the altar of an active faith.
In anticipation of what’s to come, I pray that you and I will become God’s Advent blessing for many people and communities longing for the redemption and healing of now.