Guided by Love

Written and Voiced by Roxana Flores, Receptionist & Administrator for Communications & Media and The Reverend Deacon Félix Rivera, deacon at All Saints, Meriden & Missioner at Trinity, Lime Rock.

Noticing God and feeling God’s presence all around me is something I am particularly gifted at. I take pride in this because it wasn’t always this way. More times than I’d like to admit, in my younger, teenage rebellious years, I found it hard to notice God and feel His love. Once my children entered this world, I noticed Him everywhere in my ordinary life. Any time I see my parents grandparenting, my children laughing with their cousins, my siblings gathering at my parents on a Saturday afternoon; in all of that I see God.

In this season of Lent, depending on the weather, children look for opportunities to explore, to see in awe the splendor of the world created by God. They do this by playing in the snow, making snowmen, sledding down the hill, laughing as they enjoy this time together with their friends and family.

We have grown into adulthood in a world that we have allowed to distract us from God. The business of our lives in our work, following up on social media, politics, obtaining wealth have all had a serious impact on our humanity. Our lifestyles have blinded us from seeing God because we do not see the world through a child’s eyes.

As adults we rely on children to help us see God through their eyes. I have experienced God’s presence when I would go sleighing down a snow-covered hill with my two sons. It was magical, it was fun, and it brought laughter into my soul. I was aware of God’s creation looking at the snow-covered hills in awe and wonder, children and parents laughing and enjoying time together and having fun. The Feeling in this experience was LOVE – not only for my children but I felt divine Love.

In the Gospel of Matthew 18 we read of Jesus teaching the disciples. He is answering a question they asked of him. They asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”[1]

So, in this Lenten season let’s open our hearts and live our lives as children to help us focus on what life is all about: to see and notice God’s presence and be guided in love. AMEN

[1] Matthew 18:2-5 (NRSV)

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