Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Western Kentucky is a magnificent area to visit, vacation, or live. Scenic state parks, lakes which lure the fisherman, the call of the wild for wilderness camping, southern speech and culture, institutions of higher learning, religious diversity…what else could you desire?!
When I moved there 48 years ago to serve a small congregation, one of my greatest desires was for street signs and highway markers. I would ask for directions on how to find a certain address to make a pastoral call, and usually the answer was given in terms of landmarks: “Take the Boone farm road, turn left at the tobacco barn, bear right to Lassiter’s store, then another right to the Concord Cemetery, and the house will be on your left – can’t miss it.” Quickly, I learned you had to be a “native” to find your way around. As a newbie, I knew none of the landmarks.
Sometimes we all feel like newbies when faced with the daily and rapid change in our world. The old landmarks seem nowhere to be found. It is difficult, threatening, and sometimes impossible to find our direction in life. I get frustrated trying to keep up with the latest apps on my cell phone, much less with the latest world events which are changing the values, norms, attitudes, beliefs, and priorities of a world careening off its axis.
May each of us find the landmarks, street signs and markers which tell us how to travel in life. I pray that you will find the signs which point to grace, not punishment; understanding, not fear; respect, not revenge; justice, not judgment; inclusive, not exclusive; listen, not tell; care, not hate; love, not apathy. This is the way to life, not death, for all of us.