Our minister in association, Bruce, invited us (Wesley Uniting, Canberra), to consider the various ways in which we nurture our connection to the Sacred, in his reflection this past week. I spent quite some time on Sunday morning examining how the actions of my senses, the language of my love, and the means by which I learn, are helping me not only to stay connected with the Sacred, but to deepen that connection, through this pandemic season.
Touch & Smell
Opening the container of ground coffee not only evokes delight for the senses, but gratitude for the friend who bought it for me on hearing my coffee grinder was on the blink and all I had was beans or instant. It’s the little joys, a good – good – cup of coffee … that remind one of the Sacred.
The Language of Love
It is not my love language to give gifts – to do practical things to help and to fix. But I have received the love spoken by gifts from a sister who sent me a t-shirt, a friend who brought me flowers, my adopted family who gave me a gift-a-day for a fortnight, and from a number of people who cook and bake. In a way, this too, is something like presence, for the time you have been on the mind and heart of the one preparing and sending a gift, and their lingering with you as you enjoy the gift.
We learn in many ways, by doing, by seeing, by listening, by moving.
Doing and moving
How are you encountering God through your senses and the ways you love and learn?
How will you tell and show the hope such encounters nurture within you, a witness to the Holy, an invitation to others to find hope?