What The Church Does When the Right Thing Goes Wrong

What The Church Does When the Right Thing Goes Wrong

Last Sunday was a lovely day at Faith Presbyterian. We dedicated a Peace Pole. The Peace Pole had been in planning since had been in planning since last fall. Plans were made here at Faith and by students at Northside Montessori School. Three charming members of the school student council talked about what it meant to offer a Peace Pole to the community. After Dawn worship, we had a little ceremony.  We carried the Peace Pole out into a beautiful spring day and prayed: May peace be in all our hearts. We set the pole on its stand in the garden plot between the driveways over on Hague Road, where the community can see it. The plan was for the Peace Pole to be planted securely in that spot in the next week or so. The plan was for me to bring the Peace Pole inside before I left the church. That was the plan. Before the plan could happen, the Peace Pole fell over. It fell over while a car was passing. That Peace Pole managed to leave a pretty good dent in the side of a church member’s car. That struck some of us as an accurate glimpse into life in the church. Do the right thing, and something is bound to go wrong. Work for peace, and it will bang you up. Try to be welcoming, and someone will get hurt. The best of plans will fall. I served a church that did the right thing and installed handicapped accessible restrooms in a historic building. Unfortunately, the best place to install them was behind the chancel....