Today Ben and I have an appointment to update our wills. I am not thrilled about this. It requires thinking about a time when we will no longer be on this planet with the people we love. It means thinking beyond today where we are able bodied and able to take care of ourselves to a time when that may no longer be possible. With three grown children who love us and want the best for us and one another, we don't need to be concerned with how they will manage. They’ll do well. Yet, it’s difficult to realize we are in the last season of our lives. What will be our legacy?
Wills are important. They have to do with the stuff. The dispersal of our assets. That sounds a bit cold. The truth is for Ben and I we desire that those assets be invested in the future to help people love God and love their neighbor. We want to do the best we can now to be able to rest in the knowledge that our resources will continue to work with Jesus in the redemption and restoration of the world. When Ben and I are home with Jesus, our legacy in word and deed will be in the people we loved and who loved us, in both the lives we were able to know now and those we will never meet. Today will be time well spent.
Every time I enter the sanctuary, I'm reminded that The Downtown Church is here today as a result of the legacy of others. Generations have passed through our doors and generations more are growing in faith and learning to love God and neighbor here. And I wonder, what will our legacy be?
See you Sunday,