Ordinary Humans Showing Extraordinary Compassion
The first three words of Mosaic’s mission statement identify who Mosaic is and why Mosaic serves: “Embracing God’s call.”
Mosaic believes that God has given us the mission to love and serve others; to respond to need with kindness, care and hope. We believe that in the midst of real life, each person has real possibilities, and Mosaic strives to live that reality. Faith opens our eyes and brings us face-to-face with this realization.
I love that one of our core values is Faithfulness. Faithful to the calling we have been given and the purpose of why we exist. The heart of “faithfulness” is not how much faith we have, but in whom that faith is placed. Faith is about God, love, forgiveness, acceptance and grace. Faith is about who God is and who you are in response.
Mosaic was born out of ordinary humans following God’s charge to show extraordinary compassion for the benefit of others.
Faith is best understood as a verb rather than a noun, as a process not a possession. It is part trust, part knowledge, part following, and it cannot be reduced to mere human effort. Rather, it is a way of life, the journey of a lifetime undergirded by the Source of all creation.
What that means as Mosaic travels into every tomorrow is that we do not go alone. Throughout our history, when circumstances threatened and the future looked dark, Mosaic was neither abandoned nor defeated. Mosaic was not alone. God partnered with humans, and Mosaic not only survived, but thrived.
Faithfully embracing God’s call also means that we are about something bigger than any of us. It’s not about living right, it’s about living fully; life abundant for all.
This calling is the kind of love that wants everyone to be included instead of finding ways to exclude.
It’s about being faithful to the calling of our God who is big and holy and frightening and gentle and tender and loving. God who hungers for an amazing and astonishing life for all.
“The heart of God loves us as we are and not as we should be, beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity; God loves us in the morning sun and the evening rain without caution, regret, boundary, limit or breaking point.” (Brennan Manning) And we, Mosaic, get to share that with folks of diverse needs. What an honor and joy!
Real life. Real possibilities. Faithfully!
Editor’s Note: October is Clergy Appreciation Month. We encourage you to take a moment this month to reflect on the meaning of Faithfulness.