Monday Devotional
May 10, 2021
Dear Friend,
 

In letters dating from the 1740’s, Jesuit priest Jean-Pierre Caussade wrote about what he called “the sacrament of the present moment.” In this instance, he was using the word sacrament to describe a gift. Each day, he offered, is a sacrament (gift) in which we can see, hear, taste and touch God’s grace in the world around us.

The first observation is the way Caussade imagines that each day offers unexpected gifts. Such a perspective would lead to anticipation wondering what God has to reveal on this day. I suspect that most folks enter the day with a sense of what needs to be accomplished. From the moment we rise until we put our head on the pillow, there is a full list of things needing to be done.  But do we leave space for mystery? Is there a curiosity wondering what surprising gift God will share in this day? Imagine waking up each day equally interested in getting things done and keeping an eye open for unexpected gifts.

The second observation is that Caussade describes grace as a full sensory experience. We can taste it, hear it, feel it. Just that idea has given me much to ponder. When have I tasted grace? What does it sound like? What does grace feel like? As I write this devotion, it is a bit chilly and our dog, Nola, is snuggled up close to me. I might say that she is doing this to keep warm, but Caussade gives me a different perspective. Grace feels like a loving dog snuggled up beside you. Maybe grace sounds like gentle rain falling on the rooftop. Perhaps it tastes like a hot cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer) that warms you from the inside out. How about for you? What does grace taste like, sound like, feel like for you? Having considered this intriguing phrase of the sacrament of the present moment, I find myself thinking about the simple gifts that are all around me.

Today is a new day, a fresh start. And it is filled with little gifts waiting to be discovered. Amid all that will be accomplished, may we be receptive to the surprising gifts that await.

Peace,
Howard
 

We are currently offering two opportunities to worship. One option is to watch the livestream service through facebook at 10:00 a.m. The second option is the opportunity to participate in this same service in-person in the sanctuary. We encourage you to select the service that best fits your needs at this time.

Please note three upcoming services of note:

May 16 Youth Sunday

May 23 Holy Humor Sunday

June 6 Music Sunday

The selection for the May book club is “The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley. We will meet on Sunday May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to participate.

Have you visited the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis lately? One of the exhibits on display is a collection of the artwork of Carole Wantz. Among the prints you will find one that has hung in our own church library, a painting Carole did of our church. The artwork will be on display thorugh July 25th at the Indiana State Museum.