In December 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment in New York City. Some of us lost our innocence that day in that, well- we grew up and realized that we don't live forever and that heroes die. A decade before his death, John Lennon composed a song entitled, Imagine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8
Michelangelo once said, "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." But that takes imagination.
In 1961, President Kennedy gave a speech in Houston, Texas at which he "imagined" the US sending a man to the moon by the end of the decade.
I think part of being a person of faith, Christian or Jew or whatever, is to imagine. Imagine a better world, imagine what peace looks like, imagine what possibilities the future has in store. The Jewish patriarch, Abraham, knew what it meant to imagine. He left his home in, today, Iraq and walked half way across the known world, to a place unknown to him. He went because God called him; not knowing where he was going, how long the journey would be, or how he knew when he had arrived. He had faith, he could- "imagine".
I wonder if we've lost the ability to imagine, I hope not. We'll talk more about this on Sunday morning but I hope that you never lose that capacity or desire to Imagine.