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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 1:41 PM ]

The world is very loud.  We are flooded with big demands every hour of the day.  If we watch T.V. the news comes on and faces yell at us demanding that we believe what they are selling.  I’m not sure there is much difference between the news and the commercials.  They all seem to be making claims on our lives, our time and our energy.  We have to believe, agree, behave and purchase to quiet all the clamor going on around us.  Even then, it is only quieted for a very short time and then the next demands become the most important things in our lives.  The world seems to thrive on anxiety and sucks us into its orbit.  The world is loud even when there are no sounds.  The cares of our lives provide a constant noise in our minds and hearts.  This noise prevents rest and often leads to a life of dis-ease.  We try to find new ways to combat the worry than walks hand in hand with us. 

God has invited us to a different life.  God even modeled it for us in Jesus.  God intends peace in our lives.  The invitation to follow the steps of Jesus tends to be quieter than the yelling and demands that circle around us.  Our presiding bishop, Michael Curry has provided a gentle summary of God’s invitation to a life of peace and meaning.  He calls is The Way Of Love.  It is an approach to life that turns away from anxiety.  It consists of seven ‘steps’ for us to walk in.  They are: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest. I invite you to read about them at this website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love

In the face of all the loudness that bombards us, I want to call you to pray.  What I mean is that I invite us all to find one moment during the day to be quiet.  Turn the television off.  Go to the quietest room in your house.  Get into a comfortable position.  Breathe.  Don’t do anything.  Just pause.  Listen for God.  Let go, for a moment, of your expectations.  Don’t do anything.  Let God do something.  God loves you.  God wants some quietness and peace for you.  Take five minutes to receive and not perform.  Let it be a step in God’s direction.  

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