"It Isn't What It Is"
Stephen writes..."I have never been a great fan of the modern cliché, 'It is what it is..." In fact, I actively dislike it, although I am keenly aware that something doesn't become a cliché unless it has some applicability in life. Sometimes you have to accept certain facts, certain realities. I am never going to be a dancer. King Arthur is not coming back to save us, nor Abe Lincoln. Wishful thinking won't stop the glaciers from melting. But too often, this saying denotes a kind of fatalism that, particularly in a political season, smacks of defeatism. And we are people of hope, of faith in things unseen--or at least yet unborn, yet unrealized. Let's talk about those things that are not yet, and yet, still could be. See you in church, Stephen"