1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-5:11
1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-28
2 THESSALONIANS 1:1-3:18
1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-3:23
1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-7:40
1 CORINTHIANS 8:1-11:1
1 CORINTHIANS 11:2-13:13
1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-15:58
1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-24
2 CORINTHIANS 1:1-2:4
2 CORINTHIANS 2:5-6:13
2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-10:18
Conspire and Inspire
Conspire and inspire…I’ve been thinking about these two related words for quite a while now. Spire, has it’s roots in Latin. It means to breathe. Con is latin for together. So literally, when people talk of conspiring, it means to breathe together. Now, we’ve taken this definition a bit further and generally put some negative connotations on it so that when we think about conspiracies or conspiring, it’s generally negative, plotting together with one another. Rarely do people conspire for good. But this is exactly what I want to suggest that we do.
I want to invite us as a congregation to claim the literal meaning of conspire. In other words, I want to invite us to breathe together. Choirs and wind instrumentalists conspire, breathing together to create beautiful music. Breathing together as a congregation may help us to know one another more fully, and lead us to a deeper coming together.
As we conspire, we may also take deep breaths together, realizing that as Crossroads, we’ve done much and have a lot to celebrate and grieve over these past few months. I write this article with All Saints Day in my mind, where we will remember the saints of God from Crossroads who have died in the past year. We have 13 individuals who we will remember, and this doesn’t include the other people in each of our lives who have died, who we continue to grieve. In breathing together, we can support one another in these losses.
While breathing together we can also reflect on the many other things we’ve been working on, the changes of the past many months, and the grief and hope that are held by so many of us.
Conspiring, hopefully we can have our breath taken away, which is the literal definition of inspire. To Breathe is one again involved (spire in Latin). This time, the suffix is in which is the same in both English and Latin. To be inspired means to breath in. Another way to look at it is that when you are inspired, your breath is taken away.
As Christians, I hope we are so inspired by the Love of our God in Christ Jesus that sometimes in awe and wonder our breath is taken away. I hope that in our communal life together there are times when you see such love and promise and joy and surprise that you involuntarily inhale the Spirit of God.
My prayers for Crossroads for many weeks have centered on how we can conspire to inspire. That is to say, I’ve been praying that we breathe with one another deeply and fully. And in our breathing together, we see and experience God in powerful ways that take your breath away, and leave you inspired. Then, as we conspire and are inspired, my prayers are that others may be inspired as well, and desire to conspire with us as well.
November is a transition month as we begin to look toward winter and Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and a new year. I hope these thoughts about breathing together and breathing in can support you and equip you as we enter these seasons. And, I hope you will join me, conspiring to be inspired by what God is doing in our lives, and in the world.
Seeking to conspire with you for inspiration,