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Listening for God's Voice in Nature and in the Stuff of our Lives 3/25/2020 12:44:16 PM

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Tina Mackie

Today if you hear the voice of the Lord, Harden not your hearts

Listening for God’s Voice in the Stuff of our Lives

Believe it or not the stuff around us can reveal God to us.  Works of art and music can serve as reminders of the beauty of God’s creation and the joy that God finds in beauty, creativity and wonder. 

Look at the stuff you own.  Which things are you most grateful for, which things are burdensome?  Do you have too much stuff?  Is God calling you to simplify? To learn how to live with enough?  Our stuff can teach us how to be better stewards of all that God has given us.

I have heard God’s speak through movies and books.  Even TV shows and commercials.  Remember the Old Mazda commercials, “Zoom, Zoom!”  I must have been writing a sermon and trying to describe the Holy Spirit and a Mazda commercial came on.  “Zoom, Zoom!” is a wonderful description of the Holy Spirit’s power and energy.

Remember the old Nestea Iced Tea commercials.  Someone was drinking iced tea with their back to the swimming pool.  With their first sip they fell backward into the water.  That is a wonderful image of faith.  Trusting the water (the Holy Spirit) to catch us and hold us up. 

Listening for God in the stuff of our lives can be fun; it can reveal to us God’s sense of humor and playfulness.

Where do you hear God laughing?  When does God invite you to play? 

 

Listening for God’s Voice in Nature

Dwelling in the Word

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

As you read this Psalm what catches your attention?  What questions do you have?  What might God be saying about your life, St. Mark’s and the world?

When I think of God present in nature, Psalm 8 always comes to mind.  All this glory and beauty and yet we, little humans, have been placed as caretakers over it all.

I experience God in the night sky and the expanse of the universe.  The God of awe and wonder.  I experience God beside still waters.  The Source of Peace.  I experience God in the desert.  The starkness, the vast emptiness silences my heart and brings me to my knees.

Where do you experience God in nature? Sunrises and sunsets, in your pets, in the woods, by the shore?  It has been suggested that we get exercise and fresh air during this quarantine.  Head outside and open your hearts to God present in creation.  God just might silence your hearts and bring you to your knees. 

Blessing

Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, vision to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, a life to proclaim you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.  Amen.

Today if you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.

Pastor Tina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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