Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 22, 2014
Every passing car
When our oldest son was a toddler, we would sit on our porch, watch the passing cars, and make up stories about the families driving by. Who was in those cars? What were they doing with their lives? Those moments often led me to think: with seven billion people in the world, am I significant? Am I of value?
As we ask these existential questions, we turn to Scripture to find wisdom. Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
. . . The hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid.”
Why are we afraid of being forgotten? Why do we wonder if our actions matter? When we connect with God through this Scripture, we understand that just by virtue of being a child of God, we are important. Our actions, even as small as they may be, have an impact on our world.
As we realize God’s care, there still may be moments when we feel very small in this global world. It is then that we must ask: how can we make a difference as single individuals? We have all seen what difference a single individual can make. People like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela have impacted our world in ways that make us take notice.
Our actions and lives may seem much smaller than those who are famous for their good deeds; however, even if the world isn’t noticing, God is. Each of us is important and valued. Even our smallest loving actions make a difference to our world. Every passing car carries a significant person whose story is important to God and humanity.
Jennika Borger, chaplain, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa.