A theme interpretation written by Chuck Blaisdell for the 2019 One Great Hour of Sharing
“Now to God be the glory, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
It may seem like a weak word compared to all the need we see every day in the world. We hear “imagination” and we may think “fantasy” (“Imagine you are on a beach…”), of something that escapes the reality of the world as it is. We hear “imagination” and we wonder if it is truly helpful when some would say we actually need clear-eyed “realism” to address the challenges that we face.
Yet far from being a light or weak thing, far from being an aloof or escapist notion, far from being un-real, imagination is actually among the most powerful engines for change that human beings have! Long ago, the philosopher Aristotle said, “Thinking itself begins in wonder, begins in imagination,” and he was right. Imagination, particularly when fueled by a vision of God’s hopes for all humankind, can keep us energized, seeking to do good, and striving to better the lives of those whom we encounter.
The theme for the 2019 One Great Hour of Sharing is “More than we can imagine!” It is rooted in Ephesians 3:20 and reminds us that we are not alone in our imagining a better world for all of God’s children. Indeed, it is God’s imagination that fuels and empowers ours! You see, God imagines a world where:
- No one is left to face the wreckage of natural disasters alone.
- Each person has their daily needs of food and water met.
- Every individual receives the respect and dignity that they deserve.
- Families displaced from their homes are able to build new lives.
- Disciples of all ages grow in faith and share the love of God with others.
- Pastors and leaders are equipped to care for the needs of their communities.
- Churches serve as beacons of hope for all to see.
- AND far more than we could ever ask or imagine!
God also imagines Christians all over the world coming together to help make these things ever more a reality for more and more people.
Our imagination of what could be is founded and grounded in that for which God envisions and hopes. And we can help! Through our gifts of treasure and talent, prayer and presence, we can make this world ever more like the way God would wish it, ever more the way that God would imagine it.