This will be the back page for the Fishkill United Methodist Church bulletin for Sunday, February 25, 2018, the 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year B).
We read in Genesis that we are to be stewards of this world, to take care of it, not just for today but for tomorrow as well. Despite what some may say, how we treat this planet speaks to how we see the future.
In the Arctic Ocean, north of Norway, is the Svalbard archipelago. And on one of the islands in the archipelago is the Global Seed Vault. It serves as a backup for the other seed vaults around the world. One of the reasons for this and the other vaults is to protect seeds from all parts of the world from destruction by either man-made or natural causes and maintain a diverse collection of seeds for future use.
What was it that Jesus told Peter, that Peter had his eye on the real world and not the spiritual world?
If our vision of the world is limited to the present, we are going to have a very hard time getting to the future. Tying ourselves to the present keeps us from going with Jesus and while we may think that it is safer to stay where we are (figuratively and literally), we end up in more danger.
Because of his faith, Abraham was able to envision the future, to see tomorrow even when it may not have seemed possible.
In our faith, we have a way to keep our future safe.