Today's Lectionary Text
What do you see?
It feels so nice this summer’s eve
Purple martins in flight hasten
Out of the blue I hear “Bob-white!
Energizing the world one last time
Finally, with the hush nightfall brings,
My father made sure he taught
Do you see it, too?
When I was a young person with all kinds of energy, I didn’t understand how my parents could just sit and relax. We were off to play endless games in the swimming pool, diving off the board for hours, and trying to swim underwater further than my brothers. Back then, they always won.
In the present, I appreciate this stage of life’s journey. It is easier to relax into the evening and enjoy the blessings that it has for us. Relaxing and trusting God to take care of loved ones comes easier now. Not unlike my role as pastor, my role as grandmother is more subtle in listening, guiding, and praying.
The spiritual exercises draw us closer to God and bring a sense of peace that unifies us with the Divine and with those God puts in our paths. Gertrude of Helfta (1256-1302) was a mystic who lived in Germany. She wrote these inspiring words,
My God, you are my hope, you the glory; you the joy; you my blessedness.
May you rest in the creative space of wonder, joy, and goodness. Receive the peace of Jesus Christ and know that you are loved.
-Rev. Marta Wheeler
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