FAITH MATTERS

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Fr. Wayne Lobsinger St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church Flamborough Review

It seems so easy to find God in the great and glorious moments of life; the birth of a new child, a wedding, a holiday, the special seasons of the Church year: Christmas, Easter, Advent, Lent.

But what about finding God in our ordinary lives? We have more ordinary days than we have feasts and celebrations, so can we find God in the ordinary days of day to day life?

Feasts, celebrations and holidays are wonderful. We look forward to them, are renewed by them and given the desire to continue to go forward, but they often are unable to sustain us. They give us a temporary boost, but the effects soon wear off. We can find ourselves just hanging on until the next injection of a holiday or special event. If we could learn to find God in our everyday lives, we would not need to “hang on” but could truly grow and thrive.

When the prophet Elijah was looking for God, He wasn’t found in the fire or the earthquake, but rather in the silence (see 1 Kings 19:11-13). So often the great events of life are filled with so much noise and excitement, that we can easily miss God. But in the silence of day to day life, there we meet Him and hear His voice.

In the quiet of daily prayer and meditation, in the peace of our weekly worship, in the tranquility of a loving and supportive family, these are the places God speaks to us, renews and strengthens us and sends us forth to be His presence in the world today. We, however, need to learn how to recognize His voice and wait in the quiet of ordinary life.

We live in a world of noise that moves from one thrill to another. The latest gadget, the next event, the holiday, the special celebration. We are not good at being still, listening for God’s voice and finding His presence in the common and ordinary and yet these are the places God most profoundly speaks to us.

As summer approaches and hopefully our lives slow down a little, let’s try to make some time each day to be quiet with the Lord, to look for Him in our ordinarily family life and to learn to recognize Him among us and joyfully say “speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).

FAITH MATTERS

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Fr. Wayne Lobsinger St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church Flamborough Review

It seems so easy to find God in the great and glorious moments of life; the birth of a new child, a wedding, a holiday, the special seasons of the Church year: Christmas, Easter, Advent, Lent.

But what about finding God in our ordinary lives? We have more ordinary days than we have feasts and celebrations, so can we find God in the ordinary days of day to day life?

Feasts, celebrations and holidays are wonderful. We look forward to them, are renewed by them and given the desire to continue to go forward, but they often are unable to sustain us. They give us a temporary boost, but the effects soon wear off. We can find ourselves just hanging on until the next injection of a holiday or special event. If we could learn to find God in our everyday lives, we would not need to “hang on” but could truly grow and thrive.

When the prophet Elijah was looking for God, He wasn’t found in the fire or the earthquake, but rather in the silence (see 1 Kings 19:11-13). So often the great events of life are filled with so much noise and excitement, that we can easily miss God. But in the silence of day to day life, there we meet Him and hear His voice.

In the quiet of daily prayer and meditation, in the peace of our weekly worship, in the tranquility of a loving and supportive family, these are the places God speaks to us, renews and strengthens us and sends us forth to be His presence in the world today. We, however, need to learn how to recognize His voice and wait in the quiet of ordinary life.

We live in a world of noise that moves from one thrill to another. The latest gadget, the next event, the holiday, the special celebration. We are not good at being still, listening for God’s voice and finding His presence in the common and ordinary and yet these are the places God most profoundly speaks to us.

As summer approaches and hopefully our lives slow down a little, let’s try to make some time each day to be quiet with the Lord, to look for Him in our ordinarily family life and to learn to recognize Him among us and joyfully say “speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).

FAITH MATTERS

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Fr. Wayne Lobsinger St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church Flamborough Review

It seems so easy to find God in the great and glorious moments of life; the birth of a new child, a wedding, a holiday, the special seasons of the Church year: Christmas, Easter, Advent, Lent.

But what about finding God in our ordinary lives? We have more ordinary days than we have feasts and celebrations, so can we find God in the ordinary days of day to day life?

Feasts, celebrations and holidays are wonderful. We look forward to them, are renewed by them and given the desire to continue to go forward, but they often are unable to sustain us. They give us a temporary boost, but the effects soon wear off. We can find ourselves just hanging on until the next injection of a holiday or special event. If we could learn to find God in our everyday lives, we would not need to “hang on” but could truly grow and thrive.

When the prophet Elijah was looking for God, He wasn’t found in the fire or the earthquake, but rather in the silence (see 1 Kings 19:11-13). So often the great events of life are filled with so much noise and excitement, that we can easily miss God. But in the silence of day to day life, there we meet Him and hear His voice.

In the quiet of daily prayer and meditation, in the peace of our weekly worship, in the tranquility of a loving and supportive family, these are the places God speaks to us, renews and strengthens us and sends us forth to be His presence in the world today. We, however, need to learn how to recognize His voice and wait in the quiet of ordinary life.

We live in a world of noise that moves from one thrill to another. The latest gadget, the next event, the holiday, the special celebration. We are not good at being still, listening for God’s voice and finding His presence in the common and ordinary and yet these are the places God most profoundly speaks to us.

As summer approaches and hopefully our lives slow down a little, let’s try to make some time each day to be quiet with the Lord, to look for Him in our ordinarily family life and to learn to recognize Him among us and joyfully say “speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).