A Word from Pastor Eric
October 14th, 2021
Earlier this week, 90-year-old actor William Shatner went to space on a ten-minute trip on Blue Origin spacecraft. Besides setting the record as the oldest person to ever break through the atmosphere he may be one of the most famous. Well known for playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk on the original Star Trek series, William Shatner has long inspired a fascination in others with space. His reflections on his real-life experience, which touched him profoundly, may enhance his role as ambassador for space and space travel. Shatner remarked on the fragility of the earth, the wonder of creation, and the immenseness of space he experienced during his brief trip to space, and one of the phrases he used when he made it safely back to earth was “I hope I never recover from this experience.” The phrase “I hope I never recover” has stuck with me, and I believe that Shatner is pointing out that he has been forever changed by this space flight and that his life, in a positive way, will always be different because of this experience.
While I have never been to space (and honestly, I’m probably much too afraid to do so even if I could afford to), I do think there are moments and experiences in my life from which I will never recover. We are all shaped by events in our past, it is part of what it means to be human: to grow and learn, marked by formative experiences. These moments help to define our personalities, priorities, and how we interact with the rest of the world. Even more than the moments in my life, I can say with confidence that I hope I never recover from the Good News of Jesus Christ. I hope that my life, that all our lives, will be forever changed by the life of Jesus and the ministry of the Church with the result that we, and God’s world, will never be the same again.