Past, Present, and Future

It is difficult for me to realize it has been ten years since I began Oboedire. A tenth anniversary is an especially good time to thank you for taking the time to read my posts. Some of you have done that from the beginning, while others of you have connected with Oboedire recently. No matter, I am grateful that you are on the journey, and I pray that what I write is helpful to you.

A tenth anniversary is also a time to discern the future of Oboedire. I am a bonafide “old guy,” and there is a new generation of vibrant voices to whom we must listen and turn to for guidance. They are are leaders now, and we must learn from them and follow them.

So, I am pondering the future of Oboedire. If there is a place for it, I must write as an elder “sitting at the gate,” not playing on the field as I did for so long. I am trying to figure out what it means to write from the edge, from the bleachers, as an encourager.  Pray for me as I ponder the future of Oboedire in relation to this. And if you have thoughts you’d like to share, you can email them to me at  Whatever Oboedire becomes, I want it to be an oasis for any who read it.

As you know, “Love” has been the 2020 theme here on Oboedire. I am going to end this series today, rather than continuing it through the end of the year. I need to step away from deadline-driven writing.  I don’t have the energy for it that I once had. 

So, here is the final post in the Love series…

There’s no way to conclude a series on love, because love never ends (1 Corinthians 13:8). Whenever we speak of love, more remains unsaid. Whatever we write about love, more ink remains in the pen than came out of it. I am convinced that God’s school is The School of Love. Each day is a new course in the curriculum. Learning to love well is the aim of life. We have come from Love, and we will return to Love. Our call is to “be love” and to “do love” in our journey from birth to death. If nothing else, I hope this series has planted in your heart the certainty that you are God’s beloved child, and with that reality in place, I hope it has ignited or reignited in you the desire to be one through whom God can reveal the truth that all are God’s beloved too! 

Recent days have re-exposed us to the lack of love in our nation, showing that the absence of love provokes to say and do things that break God’s heart and thwart God’s intent for the world. We need a revival of love–one that will return us to our right mind and to the rebuilding of Beloved Community.  


Whatever form and frequency Oboedire takes in the future, it will be to serve the purpose of advancing love for all on the earth.  To that end, the journey continues.  Thanks again for being on it with me.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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