Monday Morning Meditation 8-15-22

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4

It is rumored that Francis of Assisi said “preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.” This probably comes from a legendary story in which he invites a fellow monk to walk the village to preach the gospel.  They walk all around, in silence, and finally the other monk asks when they will preach.  He responded by saying “we have been preaching all this time.”  Just the presence of the monks (men dedicated to praying for the community) walking about the community brought about an image of the gospel.

We do not always need words (although sometimes we do), sometimes our presence is enough.  I have sat quietly in the corner of hospital rooms while families have said goodbye to a loved one.  Words were not needed, “there is no speech, nor are their words”, yet God’s presence was felt.

Sometimes all we need to do is show up.  We do not need to be experts in theology or biblical knowledge, we do not need to convince anyone of anything, we just need to be present for someone to know God is real.

As you traverse this week, look at the heavens, look at the sky, look at nature and feel God’s presence.  Then take that presence with you to all you meet.  Allow God’s presence within you to “speak” the words someone needs to “hear”.


Pastor Bill

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