FAITH TELLS US that even when we do not see the evidence, God is actively involved in all of life. …
We easily recognize God’s involvement when prayers are answered to our satisfaction or when life goes well and hope abounds. We don’t easily remember that God is still involved when life is disappointing, painful, or cruel, or when boredom sets in and life seems to move in slow motion. In unpleasant situations we sometimes question, “Where is God? Why doesn’t God do something?”
On Wednesday nights, a pastor invites the congregation to remember and describe any “God sightings” from the week. Each person is encouraged to share details of when, where, and how she or he saw or experienced God’s involvement either personally or in the life of someone else. A few raise hands almost immediately, while others struggle to think of a time they saw God at work.
It takes conscious effort and discipline to look for and recognize God in all of life. Yet to do so can bring about a stronger faith, greater awareness of the person of God who cares dearly for all of creation. We get a clearer glimpse of the incomprehensible might and power of the Creator of the universe.
– Gerrie L. Grimsely and Jane J. Young
Contemplative by Design
From page 11 of Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings by Gerrie L. Grimsely and Jane J. Young. Copyright © 2008 by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe “God sightings” from your day. Share your thoughts.
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
Psalm 78:1, NRSV
This Week: pray for a willingness to obey the Lord. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Antoinette Brown Blackwell (November 5).
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