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Heaven on Earth – Look Around You!

Oh, the splendor of summer days where we revel in the beauty of sunlight sparkling on water, in fields of tall wheat like grass, and in the Oakland hills with feasting herds of goats. I imagine seeing through the eyes of Jesus thousands of years ago, and how he perceived heaven here on earth within such images. 

Join us this Sunday as we immerse in these timeless parables, that we may perceive the heaven at hand here in our midst. 

I leave you with a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo, 5th Century: 

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book, the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead God set before your eyes the things that God had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?”

“Faith Includes Noticing the Mess”

One of my favorite reflections is from the great theologian and philosopher St Augustine of Hippo who embraced doubt and questions as a part of a growing and evolving faith.

As Augustine put it,  “Our questions are our faith seeking understanding.”

Here’s another favorite of mine from author Anne Lamott:   “I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.”

May we all have enough courage to notice the mess, the emptiness and the discomfort,
as we wait in hope for the light that will return!

Blessings upon your week,
Laurie