November 1, 2021 ( All Saints Day )

Good afternoon, ” God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.  Genesis 1:17-19

Creation is a beautiful thing. The first chapter of Genesis is the creation story, but it does not include everything. The writer was not concerned with science, but with faith. He was not there at the beginning of time either. He is telling it backwards.

What part of creation do you love the most ? Birds, insects, flowers, crops, people, trees, the stars, the things under a microscope or the things through a telescope. What have you not seen in creation that you would really like to experience ?

In the Netflix drama MAID, the lead character is asked a question by a therapist. She suffers from panic attacks, and the therapist asks her about times when she has been most happy. When she has another attack, she should think about that time. Her memory is about kayaking. It helped her in the movie. I thought of the place where the Niagara River and Lake Ontario in Niagara-on- the-Lake. It is a place I often went on my bike when I was growing up. The second place is in Istanbul Turkey, standing in the space between the Blue Mosque and the Church Hagia Sophia. I find it a sacred and quiet place. It reminds me of God.

What are your safe and pleasant places ?  I suffer from panic sometimes, and so I will use this as a way of working through them. God’s creation is a place of healing.

Grace and peace for us, and our journeys in creation.


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