“Seeing” God – Reflection, May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

Reflection:  If we can’t “see” the Divine, how to we know the Divine is there?

I had a realization a number of years ago, while writing a homily for an elderly man who died of cancer. He loved soccer. At the time, he had all the right equipment, we take for granted now, to stream live soccer events from around the world.

He was a kind, unassuming man. When he was well, he quietly went about helping people, or assisting with activities at the church. No fanfare. His faith was similar. As an Anglican Christian, his faith was between himself and God. No fanfare. No exclamations. Just him and God, going about their day.

A thought occurred to me.  A soccer ball. Twelve black pentagons and twenty white hexagons, inflated between 8.5 psi and 15.6 psi, travels down the field, courtesy of the kicks and bumps of players.  You can’t see the air inside it. You can only see the effect as players pass and redirect the ball, hoping to score a goal at the other end of the field.

We can’t see God, but we can see the effect of God working in the world.

My apartment faces north and east. Although I see beautiful sunrises, I can’t see the setting sun. I can, however, see the effect of the setting sun on the buildings outside our living room windows.

So it is with faith. So also, with what we understand to be God. We can’t see God.

We can only see the effect of God’s love and grace at work among us.                  

I looked up from my computer last evening, May 3 and saw this:

Text Box: Even though, I couldn’t the setting sun, I could see the effect. Just the same, even though we can’t see God, we can see the effect of God at work in the world.

Surprise & Wonder: Reading, Reflection & Prayer, Apr 26, 2020

Reading: Luke, chapter 24, verses 13-35

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 

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Feeding and Being Fed: A Reading, Reflection & Prayer, April 24, 2020

Feeding and being fed. I think of the new patterns we are all having to get used to acquire groceries. Being creative about what gets thrown in the pot. Always keeping an eye of the amount of key ingredients depending on when next we will be able to acquire more groceries. So many agencies both local and international, like PWRDF, are bringing to our attention the desperate need for food around the world. The Pandemic as exacerbated the already precarious living and working conditions for many people here in Canada and across the globe.

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Lenten Letter

 Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we enter into Lent each year, we are aware that Lent is a time of austerity. We acknowledge our sins and we ask for forgiveness. A time of an increased awareness of the way God works in our lives. We intentionally reconnect with God or Jesus or the Spirit.

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