This Week at St. Stephen’s–November 15, 2015

THE PRESENT MOMENT

Nov 15aWhere is the time going? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were barbecuing in the back yard and trying to gear up for the fall season? Well, now fall’s just about gone! And suddenly we’re talking Christmas … with snow on the ground!

St. Stephen’s is a busy place these days, so we’re sorry if we’re contributing to the sense of the rapid passage of time. Next week we host the event on death and dying called “What Really Happens When We Die: Is the Paranormal Normal?” Coincidentally it falls on the last weekend of the Christian calendar—the Reign of Christ—which is about the end of time.

Then, the next week, we begin a new church year with the season of Advent, looking forward to the coming of Christ into our midst—both at Christmas and at the close of the age. It seems, irretrievably, we are always lurching forward to the nextNov 15 thing.

So here’s an idea. Stop. Take a deep breath. Stand still. Take note of your surroundings. How is your body? Where are your emotions? What thoughts keep breaking through? What is happening in the stillness of this present moment … where it is not actually necessary to DO anything?

Regardless of the lightning-speed passage of time, God is with us fully and manifestly right here, right now, within us and around us, as we are held in the palm of God’s hand. Even in the midst of all our busyness: God is with us.

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