Feb. 26, 2018.

By Worship Coordinator and Director of Music & Arts Laura Weiss.

When I was younger, I couldn’t imagine playing a concert alone on a stage. Like most classical pianists, I was urged to fall neatly in line for conservatory tracks and concert hall preparation. What bothered me wasn’t the pressure of performance, the practice regimen or hours of isolation with the piano, but the deafening roar in my heart that urged me to seek other ways of using my gifts in the world. I didn’t know what that meant, and I’m still discovering it, but my purpose becomes clearer when tragedy strikes again, as it did Feb. 14 in Parkland, FL. These are the times when my faith comes from the recognition within that I am using my gifts as best I can to help others whenever I can; and that means I don’t always have to do my best or know the ultimate goal on my vocational journey.

If I can see the desire to be good and do good in myself, surely I can see that there are others with different combinations of gifts and circumstances designed just right so they nudge the world closer to the good. Clearly people are improving the world every day in all kinds of ways. How could they not? I do it when I see the opportunity and I am just a mere mortal with beautiful, broken desires and a passion to live a good life.

When I turned my back on the conservatory realm, I dove headfirst into the funky and offbeat liberal arts scene where progressive improvisation rules the day. Today I see so much value in this track as recurring tragedies push us to be more creative and work harder to better overcome these terrible events. The closer we get to the goal, the harder the obstacles will get. Learning to grow, thrive and stay whole in this topsy-turvy world will take our deepest creativity and a willingness to improvise and try new things.

I believe that there are people out there working for the good. I believe that change will happen and is in the process of happening. I believe if I share my hope with others, they too may grow in hope and share it with others. I believe that each of you will continue doing good, and believing in your goodness gives me energy for the hard days. We provide hope for each other and we need to talk about that. If I keep looking for positive change, I will recognize the opportunity to stand behind the movement when it arrives.

Trust in yourself and each other. There is good work to do and it will find us.