One of my all time favorite movies is The Princes Bride.
A classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the evil Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war,
And it is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her.
Throughout the movie, the villainous character Vizzini finds his well-laid plans thwarted again and again.
To these upsets, his constant reply is, “Inconceivable!”
After about the fifth “Inconceivable!” one of his good-hearted hired men, Inigo Montoya, says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
I’m not sure if I know the exact definition either, but I think it is ‘inconceivable’ that when we live in the land of plenty, there are still folks who go hungry, either through laziness, selfishness or distribution problems.
I think it is ‘inconceivable’ that middle class income earners who have worked hard all of their lives suddenly find themselves without promised pensions and relying on food pantries for sustenance.
I think it is ‘inconceivable’ that while we call it the land of the free and the home of the brave, that it isn’t entirely true anymore.
And I find it ‘inconceivable’ that Sunday Morning Christians who pay lip service to the faith care more about complaining about problems rather than actually taking meaningful action to help their neighbors.
We live in an imperfect world and at the Mission we work with imperfect humans in an imperfect world using imperfect systems, but we do try and do the right thing to the best of our abilities.
So if you also find some things in life ‘inconceivable’, I invite you to join our imperfect crowd down here as we try and make a difference.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
~ 1 John 3:18
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