Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Have you ever seen God?

Published in MCC North London's newsletter, 9th December 2009.
But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of God's divine being.
Romans 1:20-22, The Message

Have you ever seen God in something unexpected? Have you ever exchanged a smile with a stranger in the street and felt as though you forged an indestructible friendship?

I was struck the other day by all the incredible, diverse, wonderful things in creation that point us to God. Whether it’s the smile of a child on the bus, or the way that the sunlight shines through the trees onto the buildings you see every day. Sometimes it is the small reminders that make us remember who God is and what God does for us.

When that happens, it is right to give thanks and praise to God. It’s the time we should take a deep breath and say in our hearts what a faithful, awesome God we have. Those moments can be lifesaving, they are sent to us to remind us that we are blessed and loved. That the awesome God who created the universe is also watching over our daily lives. I don’t think I will ever be able to get my head around that and I love that beautiful mystery.

In this advent season, we are looking forward to the clearest manifestation of God’s love; the anniversary of the birth of the Son of God – Emmanuel, God with us, the Messiah – we must also be attuned to the miracle of daily life. Give thanks to God; God’s love endures forever!

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