Pastoral Reflections- Rev. Barb Muhs, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa
April 19, 2013
Two years ago during Vacation Bible School our young people were challanged with trying to find, “God Sightings” as they went about their daily tasks. I was amazed at how many reports we heard from our youngsters about what they had seen in 24 hours! Our “junior reporters” noted that they had seen people carrying heavy things for someone else, doors being held open for others, flowers in bloom, vegetables that were ready to pick etc... Since then we haven’t talked much about God Sightings and I do have to admit that I miss hearing about their observations. Recently, the buzz words have been, “It’s a God thing!” You all have experienced it! When something happens and you cannot explain the how, or why. I really do like the phrase. Not only does hearing it stop us in our tracks, it gets the attention of people around you that might not otherwise be a part of the conversation. We all know that Easter morning is a God thing. We celebrate the Risen Savior (at least Christians do) and then it seems as if we go right back into our usual routine. In the Gospel of John (20, 21) we have been reading how Jesus appears to the disciples and followers yet they do not recognize him. I’m sure that they have not forgotten him since his death and resurrection. I’m certain that they have gone back into their daily routine and don’t expect his presence among them. Aren’t we like the disciples? We’ve gotten back into our Post - Easter routine and we don’t very often expect to experience “God Sightings” or “God Things” in our lives. And yet...God’s mercies are new every morning, along with these mercies are events, people and situations that God has placed in our lives. Try this little exercise. Think of everyone that you have come into contact with on this day. What have these people said to you and what have they done for you? Where have you been? Make a list and as you read the names, lift the person(s) up in prayer. You will be amazed at how many God sightings or GOd things you have been touched by. It is noon and so far today I can count 8 sightings/things of GOd reaching out and touching my life. I’m grateful for the people and what they have done... I can only imagine what the rest of the day holds for me (and you). I can’t wait to ask our young people what God sightings they have seen recently and the hear from the adults about events that they have noticed where they respond, “It is a God thing!” John in his writing encourages us to keep seeking, looking and living when he writes, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Mesiah, the Son of God,and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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