Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ― Lewis Carroll
There is a time for believing “impossible things”. In the normal order of events, is it possible for a man to die on a cross and rise again on the third day? Of course not. But as Jesus said, “With God all things are possible.”
Is it possible for swords to be turned into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? In this war-proned and conflicted world it seems impossible, but for persons of faith, believing one day nations will not take up swords against nations and they will learn war no more has to be our hope and our vision.
Is it possible to break the stranglehold of the NRA and pass common sense gun legislation? Right now it seems impossible, but if we have any hope for a safe and sane society, you have to believe one day it will come to pass.
As Alice learned, creativity, imagination and new vision sometimes requires the ability to believe impossible things.
What’s tragic is when you see people believing things that have been demonstrably proven to be untrue and impossible. When so many folks continue to believe “The Big Lie” and follow a failed leader who has been shown to be a habitual liar; when people continue to believe an election was stolen, even though that has been proven to be a fiction; when folks refuse to believe the evidence which points to the truth–that’s when believing impossible things becomes dangerous.
So this morning before breakfast, like the queen, I’d like to believe six impossible things.
-On this Juneteenth, I believe one day this nation will rise up and live into the vision of a nation where all men and women are treated as equal.
-On this Fathers’ Day, I believe one day our children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
-In this day of war in Ukraine and gun violence in our schools and churches, I believe one day we will turn swords into plowshare and AR-15s into pruning hooks.
-In this day of “The Big Lie”, I believe one day truth will be respected once again and all the lies will be buried in their dusty graves.
-I believe one day, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom our our Lord and of His Christ and he shall reign forever and ever.
-And even though it seems impossible, I will continue to pray for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I will continue to believe in impossible things.