A Rare Gift

As we prepare for the culmination of Holy Week and the journey into Easter, I’m always amazed how much we are beloved by God.   Richard Rohr, in his book “Simplicity,” states: “Jesus has hidden himself in the human condition, even in the humiliation of the flesh.  Christ always comes into the world on a donkey, Christ always comes into this world as a beggar.  We would love to see him enclosed in church theology.  But God is always free.”

God is with us, even with all our weaknesses and imperfections, in times of illness and pandemics.  When much seems lost and we are challenged to trust, the Easter promise holds such joy.  Paradise lost, is now regained for the world.    

 On Monday mornings I receive a weekly devotion written by Terry Hershey.  Terry is an inspirational author and speaker who shares his practice of mindfulness and relishing life.  Last week he mentioned an assignment given by a 1st grade teacher to her students.  Students were to name the seven wonders of the world.  I decided to ask my granddaughter Madelynn, who lives in Texas and is in the 2nd grade.  Her list was not the typical list of what we know as the seven wonders of the world.

Madelynn’s List:  Water, God, Food, Earth, Shelter, Family & Friends, and Life.  What seems so simple, what we take for granted is what we all seem focused on now.  Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath, sit in silence, rediscover our connectivity to God and others through prayer and meditation.  We’re all learning isolation is hard, we’re not wired this way.  Simple gestures like a container of cookies with a note attached, can be shared with someone who lives alone or a grocery run to local food banks, which are popping up everywhere now.  It’s a time for us to get out of our heads and lead with our hearts.  When I do, I seem to develop a deeper trust of life and the moment we’re in.   Hearts are beginning to open a little wider right now and we are beginning to realize the connection we’ve always had to one another.  It’s a rare gift, a chance to see God’s world with wonder, maybe for the first time.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 

Lois Autterson and Madelynn Pullos                

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