Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“Look – Up in the sky – It’s a bird – It’s a plane – It’s SUPERMAN!” Many of you readers will remember that mantra as we anticipated the next episode of the “Man of Steel” doing battle with the forces of evil in the whole world. Of course, he always was the victor—even if temporarily immobilized by his nemesis: Kryptonite—and sometimes even in spite of Lois Lane.
Recently I saw a YouTube video entitled “LOOK UP!” The screen was flooded with images of young people engrossed with their cell phones, even when surrounded by their friends; middle-age business people so tied to their cell phones they ignored real people standing in front of them; an elderly person huddled in the corner of their apartment trying desperately to contact a family member in or out of town. No personal interaction! I heard a business man say proudly, “I conduct my whole business on my cell phone—I never look up at other screens or at people.” While I do raise a deep concern that our reliance on technological devices is eroding our ability to have personal interaction, that is a subject for a different column.
For right now I raise this issue on the level of our basic orientation. How often do we “look up” beyond ourselves to encounter others—to encounter God? In the life of faith, prayer is the means by which we “look up” to broaden our vision. Prayer is not a way to change the mind or action of God. It is the way to change our orientation beyond “me and mine” to be in touch with the Holy in our lives. Also, as we pray for others, we expand our orientation to offer care for others. Let us “LOOK UP” beyond ourselves. There, we will see more than Superman—we will encounter a God who always is with us—beyond Kryptonite—even to a Cross!