When translated into English, the name of the Chinese province in which I live is “Four Rivers.” My thoughts here are about two rivers in China, two metaphorical rivers.
The first river is a river of change. In the 5th century BC, a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus said, “You can never step into the same river twice.” China feels a lot like what Heraclitus was talking about. Socially, politically, economically, and environmentally, things feel like they are constantly in flux. And of course, the church feels this same way.