Rev. Caroline Noll, Associate Pastor
It takes a lot of focus and self-control for me to live in the present moment.
This is not new for me.
As a kid I wondered what I would be when I grew up.
In college I dreamed of the life I would have once I graduated.
When we lived in the Houston area I longed for the day when we would move back here, closer to family.
Now I’m wondering what my life will be like when I retire one day.
I’m nowhere near that, but it’s nice to imagine traveling to far off places at a leisurely pace.
I could argue that I’m a planner.
The other side of that coin could be a mental break from current stresses.
But holy and sacred moments are never future events.
They are always now.
Right here. In this moment.
God comes so close to us. And we come so close to God.
And in that moment, even if only for a moment, there is light and love and peace and hope.
Sometimes holy and sacred moments happen observing my kids.
Putting down all my distractions and important grown-up work and entering the world as they see it to experience it with them.
To take joy in their joy.
To see their excitement and their wonder.
Sometimes holy and sacred moments happen in reading and stillness and reflection that would never happen if I sat down just to check my messages and start planning first.
Sometimes holy moments happen outdoors when the leaves or the sky or the air fill me with awe.
Sometimes holy moments happen in conversation with one another, when I stop talking and really listen to another.
Or when someone does that for me.
I have loved Luke 12:22-34 for a long time.
“… do not worry …”
And the disciples are doing just that, worrying about the future.
Do you notice the examples Jesus sites to bring them back from that edge?
Birds. Flowers. Small things. Common things.
Things we might not notice.
Right here in the present moment under our nose.
And Jesus names them holy, sacred, of beauty and worth.
The list of stresses in this present day may be long.
We might be ready for another day.
But God is here in this day, waiting to meet us.