It's Sunday morning, and I'm overflowing from the richness of yesterday. Last night we turned back the clocks, and sometimes, that's what we have to do with our lives, to appreciate how to go forward. Beautiful days have gone by, but they are not lost, they remain within us. Yet, with the grace of God we can see the beauty that lies ahead off us, life being a cycle. It is that way with all things. The church is an example of that promise, easing our concern for the future.
There is an age of wisdom, that is when you can let go and completely trust in God's plan. There are years of planting seeds and years of reaping in life, but there is only one sure thing, and that is His love for His creation, all of us. Cast your cares upon the waters, and believe.
Enjoy the years here, where you have been planted. Feel the warmth of the sun upon your face. Feel the breeze on your skin, and smell the clear air. Drink in the water of life. Interact with all in peace. Find joy and love, and you will know that God exists. He exists for you, personally. When that moment happens for you, and you are thankful for what you have and are, and you are standing in front of the altar of God in church, and you get a funny feeling, a twitching on your nose, that makes you want to cry, you are in communion with Him.
He knows your there because He's always been with you. You realize that all good things come from Him out of His love for you, and your happy. Who else knows and gives you your hearts desire? Who else can fulfill it? Looking back, He was there all along, whether you acknowledged Him or not, and He will always be there for you, no matter what, just like the loving Father that He is.
There is no complexity in it. The church should be full of God-seekers. They will come, not because they are commanded, or forced, but because they feel the warmth of God upon their face, and are "drawing near." Who does not need God in their life walks blindly not knowing where they are going, not knowing where they've been. Who do you think has picked you up thoroughout all your life? Whether we choose to admit it or not, we all need God.
Today is all we have. God reveals what He has in store for you. (Psalm 23:6) Taken from the Orthodox Study Bible, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." He offers us life, and life eternally.
Yesterday, our Archbishop said of the remains of the Saints, Constantine and Helen and St. Dimitri, "that God was not through with them." There is no such thing as "was" to God. What God has done for previous saints, He does and can do for you, when you seek and call out to Him. God has always had what you need, as a loving Father does for His children. Maybe it is a case of timing? What keeps you from Sunday worship? Why would you not choose to seek God's face, is yet another mystery.
Someday, you will be at the end of your journey here on earth. And God, the giver of life and all good things will be waiting...Will it be then that you will be thankful for all the goodness of life He has bestowed upon you? He is calling you today to fill your cup with all good things. How will you respond to His invitation?
This morning, we will gather in a small parish church, where we will worship God, thanking Him for the life He gave us, and the love that we share. This is the gift that God has given me, the fullness of life, and my cup runneth over with Love. Love that comes from Him.
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