Harvest Thanksgiving

Today is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Eucharist means thanksgiving. The thanksgiving that we celebrate around this altar is the celebration that makes all of our thanksgivings worthwhile.

I wonder, what would it be like if we would live more like those in the crowd.  They were beginning to see that while God provides for us our daily needs, he is also concerned with our spiritual well-being. In other words, God is concerned with our whole being.

Spiritual beings

It is just like God’s angel-messengers who, though they are not necessarily seen, their message is delivered all the same.

Love is like this, too. We cannot see the love, so much as we feel it. This is what it means to live by faith. We trust that there is more to life than what we see with our eyes.

This is also like what we profess in the words of the Nicene Creed. God is the Master Creator of “all that is seen and unseen.”

As much as this Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels is about the Archangel Michael and all of God’s messengers. It is also a day when we celebrate God’s ordering of all of creation, of “all that is seen and unseen.”

Love wins.

Without a shepherd, the sheep are lost. Without Jesus, we are lost.

When we respond to God’s finding us, we discover that there are thin places where heaven and earth come together. In their coming together,  the places where we know ourselves to be found by God, we experience God’s kingdom and share it with the world.

Where is the Lord?

When we are faithful, when we are most faithful to God…that is when we come around to seeing that God is the one who is faithful. We gain new insight, we grow in the Spirit, and we are able to say when we look out from ourselves, “There, there and there…there is the Lord!” And God continues to invite us in further – always further.

God has made us for God’s self

I remember a time in my life when I felt like I was off of the map. My thinking had become muddled. I didn’t believe myself worthy to be considered loved by God. Many in the Church said so. I, too, live to tell you that when God acts in Christ, and we bear his image by virtue of our turning, and by our feeding on God’s Word and Sacrament – I learned that all who come to God, including someone like me – well, God gives to all who turn to God. And, restless hearts find rest in God.