Past, present, future

Gathering for public worship is, among many other things, about recollection, and this note from a reader reinforces that thought beautifully:

I have read several of your books and have just started reading book 3 of your trilogy. Your struggles in the faith have helped me to think differently about my faith. You have opened up new vistas for me and I am grateful. When reading about the notion of God drawing us toward the future, I was reminded of a quote I once heard. Paul Lehmann was a Presbyterian theologian who taught one of my ministerial colleagues at Princeton Seminary. He said, “God comes to us out of the future, picks up the pieces of our broken past, and creates for us a meaningful present.”