Prayer and Work
Do you remember when Christ Church used to look like the picture below? It seems like a long time ago but this used to be what we looked like! Its funny how even some of the most old and traditional things, structures, and even people still need and experience a little change every now and then.
This is perhaps photographic proof that change can happen in the Church, sometimes instigated by God and sometimes instigated by us. Yet I still think most of us think of change within the context of scriptural verse like Revelation Chapter 5, where God says, "Behold, I make all things new." The surface level interpretation being that God will give us a new vision, a new manner of seeing things, a new way of being. God will change us and God will change our world. And I think when most people hear this they think much the same, that God will be in charge of the transformation, and that we should wait for God's change to come.
However, the reality is that God wants us to be part of that process. God wants us to be continually working to change ourselves and our communities in both material and emotional and metaphysical ways. The truth is that God wants change from us, just as much as we want it from God, and this makes us partners in that change.
So for me as a Priest, I try to embody this idea of continual change with a mantra; "Ora et labora" (prayer and work). A reminder that the change that I am waiting for is sometimes my responsibility too!