The words of the old hymn caught my ear as I fiddled with the church bulletin and struggled to settle in to the Sunday service, mentally, physically and spiritually. Some Sunday mornings are like that, after all. The cross hangs … Continue reading
you’d think the sky was falling the way
that Nietzsche’s right
and god is dead
but i tell you the truth
He is alive
In the coffee shop where I wrote all day and all around me for hours people met and sipped
soy lattes and I heard them
they were talking about Jesus
and He was there
in the friends who embraced and
the pastor who encouraged the sad man
and the smile of the hostess fresh back from a mission trip to Nicaragua with the nose ring like mine who served me my egg and Siracha sandwich
and even the plumes of the Japanese lilacs lining the streets in front of falling down houses stretched toward Heaven
just like the little patch of daisies outside
my front door.
“Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.”
I don’t have a good answer.
In the throws of depression, grief, tragedy, I’ve often asked for prayers and felt unable to pray for myself.
But…maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Maybe when He feels farthest we need to look closer.
Maybe God is near, but not in the ways we suspect. Not in a loud voice or a burning bush. Not in an earthquake or a storm, but rather…
…in the prayer of a friend who cries out for you.
…in the steady fall of rain on a spring garden.
…in the memory of someone who believed in you years ago.
…in the taste of warm soup on a cold winter day.
…in the curl of a dog’s wagging tail when you get home in the evening.
What about you?
What are some of the still, small ways God is with you that maybe you haven’t looked close enough to see?
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