Faith at Work XXIX

December 2006

How often do you hear people, in positions of authority, say that their time has come and they need to hand over?  It happened to us years ago in the forging business when we were considering how we might capture the knowledge of our best engineers to guide us when they had retired.  Their experience, built up over a lifetime, was invaluable and we knew that we would be losing something very precious when they left.  We explored a variety of ways but I don’t feel we were ever able to catch the inspiration that comes of knowing the processes inside out, something we might call “living the dream” in another context.

I heard a similar thing at the Science Park recently.  A business plan had been put together by one of the high flyers and it had not included a place for herself as she had put it together.  She had the vision to see the place running just as effectively without her at the helm.  “I’d be too expensive, anyway”, she said lightly to me.  Well, there are ways around that, thinking creatively, but at times it is worth stepping back and trying to identify the genuine needs, not just of the business team but of the customer base as well.  And then, where does the individual fit in; time, perhaps, for re-appraisal?

Musing on, I then wondered about the business plan that Jesus might have been working from.  We will shortly be celebrating the birth of our Saviour at Christmas time.  Maybe it was planned as a quiet, unassuming birth round the back out of the limelight but it wasn’t going to stay that way for long.  Very soon, the angels appeared to the Shepherds and the Wise Men were led to worship him by the light of a star … and his early upbringing and professional training, what of those?  Was his life journey ever divined to lead his followers towards truth and light?  He himself said: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, what you will drink or about your body, what you will wear … your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” [Matthew 6: 25-34]

His plan was simply being obedient to his Father’s will and doing it sufficiently well for three years that he could at the end say with all confidence: “It is finished” and leave the world to follow in his footsteps.  And so we say after our Christmas communion with him:

God our Father,
whose Word has come among us
in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:
grant that the light of faith may illumine our hearts
through him who is Christ the Lord.

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