Pr. Cathy Daharsh
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. – Romans 8:27
When life is getting to me and wearing me down, I have found that taking time to sit near a body of water or hike in the woods re-energizes me and brings me a sense of peace. The sounds of the wind moving in the woods, wildlife scurrying around, and the peace of birds soaring in the air is an expression of a prayer for me when I am at a loss for words.
Creation and humanity each experience suffering as a result of sin. Yet, the Apostle Paul says in this week’s reading from Romans, that each of us wait with hope for a day of renewal and harmony with each other. Truth be told, renewal and harmony take time and work and patience. Environmental issues, systemic racism, discrimination, pandemic solutions, political divisions, and more are not quick fixes. They are a work in progress that is a journey.
There is something prophetic about intentionally stepping away from our human-made distractions that disrupt us from being connected and fully attentive to creation and to each other. When we do take time to set down our phones, our distractions, our worries, our judgments, our “woes is me” mentality and thoughtfully stop and listen, healing happens. We have a world that is aching for renewal and harmony and is waiting for you to listen and engage in those stories.
My challenge for you this week is to take time to be intentionally present to creation and to someone’s story. Take time to learn something new about someone’s life and about the creation around you. If you are inspired, take a picture of what you see and observe and share it on Instagram and Facebook.
“God, our Creator, we celebrate with all living creatures today. Help us to see your presence, not only in human history but also in the stories of our kin in creation, the great animal family. Teach us to hear the good news of God’s loving care ringing through the kingdoms of the wild. Rejoice with us as we behold the mysteries of your Wisdom implanted in all creatures. In the name of Christ who fills heaven and Earth. Amen.” (from Web of Creation.org)