Dear Creator Family,
Can you see it? Can you feel it? God is blessing us with so much action and opportunity in our parish, it is hard to know where to start! From the recent meeting and wonderful reflections of the Vision Ministry (soon to be presented to all!) to the ongoing sanitation repair, (yes, that is an opportunity as well) each of us is called to follow God to grow in spirit. And we always start with prayer and relinquishment to God in all things. It may seem to be an unreachable goal to “give all to God,” but it is not if we just shift our understanding a tiny bit.
God loves us; God loves you! God’s love for you is immeasurable and God is walking with you along this entire life journey. Imagine walking with a person you know loves you and wants the best for you—say, along a beach. This person invites you into a conversation and through love and openness, you, at once, feel comfortable and honored to share, almost at a spiritual level. I hope you have had that blessed human experience and know the joy and wonder it brings. In that moment, we willingly give all of ourselves to the conversation and would give more if we could. When we enter into this posture in our daily life it is the true experience of prayer.
Prayer is speaking with God, but prayer is also the manner of life, the interaction of life, the opportunity and routine of life. Prayer is doing and considering God in the process. Prayer is giving up ourselves because we can—to the glory of God, in everything we do.
Next week we will be deep in Yard Sale preparations and then “Yard Sale Day.” We know what it’s like to offer ourselves for our parish and for our community. Knowing this is just a shadow away from the realization that our service is really “walking with God”. Being aware of that, we are able to give at a spiritual level. No wonder that feels so good. Service, as I’m sure you’re aware, has a way of reorienting the perspective and resetting our priorities in ways that are healthy, healing, and wholesome. I encourage you to find your niche in our Creator family as we tend our parish and serve the Lord in the joy of community.
Faithfully in Christ,
Father Bill Burk†