"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
~ 2 Corinthians 3: 18
In the book "The Outsiders," S. E. Hinton reminds Poneyboy to "Stay gold." Basically she means to continue being innocent, and pure.
The ability to remain any of these things is so very difficult. While the world rages around, and reminds us that not all things are as they seem, we learn quickly that at any moment our lives might change. "Stay gold" may be the words that God is sharing with us now.
The innocence of the creation has long since been marred by tragic stories. By actions that bring sorrow. By the destruction of the garden, by time, flood, and humanity's own hands.
We try to convince others that there was once a time that was "simpler." Perhaps days that were good, and times where there was peace and harmony.
Somewhere along the way we seem to have lost our ability to see clearly the face of God within one another. To acknowledge that within the glory of God was planted, and that how we care for one another determines the success of the care, and nurture of that seed. It's only when that seed matures that we see the success of the harvest.
As Christ prepared to leave, he shared that His Spirit would remain. A Spirit that would be present to help the world. "Stay gold" might indeed be a reminder of what is innocent and pure, but it is symbolic of hope. Of love. Of peace.
The glory of God is still present. It is both real and powerful. It's simply time that we recognize this within one another.
Stay gold and in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.