When Simeon and I walk he is always excited when we encounter another living being along our way, particularly if it is of the four legged variety. He always greets them or at least tries to with a high pitched whine, wagging tail, and the dragging of his master toward the other critter.
I do not mind this so much he is a very social dog and just enjoys playing with other animals. Really the only time I get frustrated is once we have passed them he spends considerable time spinning around checking behind us because surely his new found friend is following close, we spend a good number of feet with him spinning and me saying “Leave it!” “Heel!” “Come!” “Sim, stop it!” And then, seemingly as quickly as it started it ends and he is once again focused on where we are going rather on where we have been.
It is important to remember and acknowledge our past and where we have been. Our traditions, history, and past can set the trajectory to where we want to continue. Hindsight gives us perspective and often times a more true picture and vision of who we are and who we wish to continue to be, or who we long to become.
With that though, there are times and there is a time when we let that past inform us and we must move on. We must refocus ourselves on where we are going. If we spend all our time spinning around to see where we have been at best we just get confused and dizzy or worse we run into a wall and get stuck.
This coming week at our Celebration Services we will continue our journey through the weeks of Advent as we move toward Christmas and we will spend some time looking back. We will look back to see how the past informed the birth narratives of Jesus, and perhaps look back at how our own history informs who we are and who we hope to be.
Join us this Sunday for a little Hindsight knowing from where we have come, and trusting the Spirit to guide us to who we might be.
It is one of the many ways we seek to be faithful to the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the family. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table.
Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.