On Tuesday, Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas was the preacher at the 2013 Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral.
You can read a transcript of his message here...
In it, he mentioned a story from the childhood of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island...
In 19th century Scotland Robert Louis Stevenson, and his family lived on a
hillside overlooking a small town. Robert was intrigued by the work of
the old lamplighters who went about with a ladder and a torch, lighting
the street lights for the night. The lamplighter would approach first one street light then another, lighting each one along the way.
One evening, as Robert stood watching
with fascination, his parents asked him "Robert, what in the world are
you looking at out there?" With great excitement he exclaimed: "Look at
that man! He's punching holes in the darkness!
I must admit this is the first time I've heard that story...but it resonated with thoughts and ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for some time now. You know, those nebulous type that you can't really put into words and you can't seem to organize because you can't name them? But now I can, "punching holes in the darkness" this is what we are called to be about!