Who saw the incredible light on Tuesday night after the rain?  Gilding the sky with warmth, radiance and hope, the light was a sight to behold.

Each day, I try to spend time outside and whenever I do, I experience hope and grace. To notice the flowers in bloom, the budding trees, the fox free to roam, I find peace and light.  When I cannot get outside, I struggle to find the same freedom, and struggle to appreciate the gifts of creation, the gifts of God all around me.

If nature inspires me, what inspires you?  Where in the midst of this pandemic are you finding hope and light, peace and grace?  Where are you seeing and experiencing God?

It is a lot to hold.  There so much change that it is hard to take all of it in.  It is even harder to stay at home and “do nothing.”  But when we take a moment and notice, we may find that in our prayer, in our nothing, there is life and light and God.

To share this experience with others, would you send me a note or a picture or a story about where you have seen and found God in the last six weeks?  I would love to share this with others, spread a little hope and share even more of God-with-us in it all.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the gift that creation is to me, here is a prayer:

Let us pray …

for trees, plants, crops, and forests
for water, oceans, rivers, streams and ponds
for air, wind, climate and weather
for sun, clean energy and the reversal of global warning
for animals, especially endangered species
for humanity learning new ways of being in the world
for recycling and consciously limiting our personal consumption
for proper use of chemicals and disposal of toxic waste
for the gift of your Earth and unity among your children

Life-giving God, we thank you for the gift of creation. We ask your forgiveness where we have failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for your guidance in restoring the Earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and justice.  May we graciously grow in sharing resources among all so that we become more fully your kindom here on Earth. Amen.

“See” you on Sunday,