“…Your greatness is seen in all the world.” [Read Psalm 8]
[Take a moment to place yourself in the Presence of God…deep breath. exhale slowly. Deep breath, exhale slowly.]
A Word of Hope:
I have been impressed recently about, in addition to impacts both political and financial, how the Pandemic is impacting our psyche and our spiritual lives. Low-grade depression is rampant and friends have reported that at least a small break from their kids would be most welcome. “If I ever ask for ‘family time again,’ push be out the front door.” “I am sooo bored.” “I can’t even watch another Netflix episode.” “I am on overload.” “I know that others are worse off than me, but I am really on the edge of loosing it!”
There is a great feeling of loss and “disconnectedness” regarding the Church community. We have learned or re-learned that our significant moments of prayer are in community with those who we care for and who care for us. We miss the people and we miss the music and we miss the smiling faces hidden by those very necessary masks.
Psalm 8 reminds us of the glory of God all around us. God’s greatness is readily apparent if we have eyes to see and to see with the eyes of faith. Hug a puppy. Look into the eyes of a baby. Treat yourself to an incredible sunrise of sunset. Listen to the birds outside your window. Drink
a cool glass of water. Lift your face to the sun and feel the touch of God. Look at pictures of the mountains anywhere in the world. Stand before an ocean. Rescue the dog. How glorious is the Lord, Our God? Creation is spectacular and is uplifting and faith-filling, especially in times like ours.
[Take a deep breath and exhale slowly….do it again.]
O Holy One! Although we are very aware of our humanity and our foibles, You are good, reminding us of your glory and that You are closest to us when we are fully Alive in You. We recognize that the images of your glory surround us each day if only we let ourselves see them, be grateful for them and to promote them in our lives both practically and spiritually. Loving You, “How can I keep from singing?”
We pray these words through your many names, O God!