What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? -Mark 4:30
Some great performers, superior athletes or famous people are described as legendary. That is how the students at the University of Bristol in England describe Herman Gordon.
You probably have never heard of Herman Gordon. He is not a musician, athlete, actor or politician. Herman is one of the custodians at the university. The students describe him as the “jolliest” man on campus. His visible joy makes the students’ lives better.
When the students at the University of Bristol found out that that Herman, originally from Jamaica, had not seen his family in over four years, they sought to help Herman and his wife go home. They set up an online account and students began to donate. They quickly raised over $2,000.00. The students presented Herman with the money, enough to fly them to Jamaica for a two-week vacation.
Jesus once asked, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable we use to describe it?” I like to think it looks something like the joy shared by the students and the Legend, Herman Gordon. Sharing joy, respecting one another, and caring for others is, in part, what Jesus had in mind when he taught about God’s kingdom. I hope today we will let these students and their actions remind us that we, too, can be part of God’s gracious kingdom.
Rev. Keith King, Online Campus Pastor