Presence of the Creator
Joy Leasure of Wellsburg, WV, USA
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:6-8
The spiritual practice for the Daily Bread a couple months ago reminded me of an experience I had on my morning walk last month when I read…Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation.
I was walking the cemetery early one morning. It is on a hill that has five levels. I was starting up the third level and, because it was extremely hot, I wasn’t sure I could climb to the top. As I looked at an old tree by the road, I had a sense that I wanted to touch the tree. As I reached out and laid my hand on the tree, I was overcome with the spirit of creation and could feel the beauty of life in this very old tree. I climbed to the top of the hill with renewed energy. Even now when I think of my hand on that tree, I can feel its bark and the presence of the creator.
“Over the years we melt into what we seek” (Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year).
We are in the threshold between seasons in the Christian calendar. You may have been noticing the physical transitions of the seasons wherever you live as some enter the depths of winter and others the warmth of summer. The seasons are a visible reminder that even among the most predictable rhythms and routines of our lives, change is always happening. The events of our moments, days, weeks, years form us and transform us over time. We enter each season different from when we arrived here last. This is the nature of this cyclical journey of faith. In these final days of the Christian calendar and the season of Ordinary time, there is opportunity to take a sacred pause, to notice how you arrive in this threshold. What have you been formed by this year? What has been deepening you as you’ve lived through another cycle of this life of faith?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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