If I Were a Missionary
In New York City
If I were a Christian missionary in New York City, I'd like to emulate Naomi and Chris Lawrence, a
couple who try to follow Jesus and have four children and a dog. Here is what is important to them.
And if I were influenced by Christian process theology, I would understand all of these activities as ways of practicing process theology. Or, to be more honest, as ways of following Jesus and sharing in his journey in faith. As I see things, Jesus had faith in a loving God whom he addressed in deeply familial terms, as Abba. I would speak of Abba's loving activity in the world as the Christ-like side of God. I wouldn't insist that others think this way, but it's how I'd think. This would affect how I understand my own work. In preparing meals for children who don't get enough at home, I would see Christ in the faces of the children and the spirit of Christ in my preparing the meals with a joyful heart.
There would be an artistic side to it, too. I would also see Christ in the artwork below, created with help from many by Naomi Lawrence. I'd be a missionary for kindness, to be sure, and also a missionary for beauty. I'd be helping people discover the inner beauty of their own hearts and the beauty of cooperating with others to help create art. Indeed, I'd be teaching people to crochet and play guitar, if they were so inclined. I'd want people to be able to tell their stories through art and music. I would say to people that God is love, and that love is beauty, too.