Surprising Presence

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. [Luke 24:10-11]

It is frustrating to not be taken seriously.  Yet, it happens to all of us at one point or another. What’s really frustrating though is if our thoughts are discounted simply because of who we are whether it is because of our gender or age, ethnicity or status.  I remember an experience one evening a few years back during a session of Lectio Divina. A group had gathered at a church and one of the individuals present was struggling with Alzheimer’s. He didn’t know most people in the room anymore and he could not remember from one moment to the next what he said. The group could have easily considered any thoughts he shared as idle words. But in the silence of that evening, something stirred within him and the words he shared were profound. In that moment, those of us gathered saw more clearly the miracle of God at work. The words he shared with us carried us into the night, as we saw through him life in the midst of the wilderness.


Holy God, I marvel at the beauty of your presence in and through others, especially when I least expect it.  Help me not to discount others simply because of who they are. Help me to expect your presence even in the most surprising people and places. Amen.

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