For a few years now I have been reading and rereading a little booklet, Becoming the Authentic Church, by Gordon Cosby and Kayla McClurg. On page 7 of this booklet, Gordon and Kayla write that, "The Authentic Church is an Outward Expression of God, Who is Love." I like this description of God as the "Source of love" and faith communities being created as an expression of God's love.
They write, "In love and through love, the new community is created. God, who is by nature unlimited love, draws us to let our partial, limited love unfold in depth until we reach our full capacity for giving ourselves to God and to the totality of everything and everyone that God has created. In our present wounded, damaged, distorted condition, it is difficult to imagine what this sort of beloved community might look like or how we even would begin to commit ourselves to it, but we open ourselves to the impossible, trusting the Source of love to show us the way."
Jesus also spoke about being open to the impossible. In Matthew 17, we learn that Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John. Following this vision on the mountain top, Jesus and the disciples face again the hurts and hopes of the world at the foot of the mountain. Jesus explains to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
I want to be open to the impossible, because nothing worth doing is impossible if we live by faith, hope and love. In love and through love, community is created by God.