To dwell in possibility

November 1, 2011

What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
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To dwell in possibility.

When my daughter was confirmed in the Christian faith
last spring, I gave her Emily Dickinson's poem, "I dwell in Possibility." I
wanted her to remember that, in God's house--"More numerous of
Windows--/Superior--for Doors"--there is room to turn and be changed, to choose
mercy over revenge, to give away everything we have and follow Jesus. Within
God's possibility, even death is not the last thing to be said about us.