Wednesday, May 4, 2016

An Unknown God?

"...I even discovered an altar inscribed, 'To an Unknown God'. What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you."
Acts 17:23

The question that popped into my head when I read this was Do I know this Unknown God? Is God unknown to me?  How do we know God anyway? Can we really know God? Pondering questions, Friends, for sure.  I think we can learn about God, study God's word, practice God's rituals, and that may lead us into thinking God is known to us. But, even with all of that, what we really need is to experience God our lives.  And, I think that occurs in those moments that literally take our breath away.  We can read and study for years and still not know God until we experience the Presence of God who takes our breath away.  If you can spare a few moments in quiet, think about those times. Realize that our God is close enough to experience; as close as our next breath. Our God is not a monument somewhere to be worshipped, but our God is with us in each moment we can recognize the Presence.  Love, heidi

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What am I to do?

"If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."
John 14:14

I would say, in the last five or so years, my most fervent prayer has been to do what I'm supposed to do.  When the last of the chicks left the nest I had sense that a whole new world was opening up for me and my vocation was changing. People would ask me, "What are you going to do now?" As if I had some great destiny to fulfill.  The pressure was on! So I asked.  And asked..."What am I to do?" Gradually, like a flower blossom slowly opening, I have been discovering what I am to do, how I am to serve.  The blossom is still opening, but, by following the innermost desires of my heart, I am gradually learning what I am to do.  And that's how God works...slowly, through our own minds and hearts.  God will do what we ask.  We may just need to be quiet and still, and look deep inside, to recognize it!  Love, heidi