March 26, 2020

Published March 26, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

“Seeing has fooled me into thinking I have a clear view of where the road leads. “

This quote is from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor called Learning to Walk in the Dark.” She goes on to quote what she calls “an old prayer” from the Book of Common Prayer:

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne,
and illumine this night with your celestial brightness;
that by night as by day
your people may glorify your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God’s presence illuminates both night and day for us as we learn over and over again to see his presence in all the circumstances of our lives. The problem is, we often don’t slow down enough to see what God is doing in the world. Perhaps this time of physical distancing gives us an opportunity to do just that – slow down and notice God’s presence all around us.

Mixed with all the updates in our news shows, there are many stories as well about how people are stepping up to minister to their neighbors, to bring a sense of togetherness through our technology, and just to lighten our collective mood. Pay attention and give thanks for God is always near – but sometimes we don’t see it.

Let us pray.

God of love, we give thanks for your light in our lives. Help us to see you and to praise you as we walk in your paths. Awaken us to the needs of our neighbors and show us how to serve. Amen.