Thought for the Day: I cannot begin to imagine the challenges that faced Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut. What is equally impressive is that she continued with the application process for the astronaut program after the 1986 Challenger accident. In September of 1992, she went into space on what was the 50th Shuttle mission. A number of years ago, I used a quote from Dr. Jemison as a guiding thought during a time of difficulty in the church I was serving. Dr. Jemison wrote, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” How often has a great idea, a new calling, a spiritual vision been halted or even squelched by those whose imagination is limited by fear of failure or fear of the unknown. I sort of think the author of the Proverb was encouraging the reader to take care of and nurture the heart, the source of creativity, inspiration, artistry and life itself. If we do not keep a vigilant watch over it, others might just steal its capacity to imagine and dream.
Prayer: Continue to lift and inspire our hearts and minds, O Lord, for we desire to dream your dream, to catch a glimpse of your vision. The world needs a bit more imagination and innovation that seeks to serve your mission of love. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge