How can I believe in God? A faith manifesto
The moon is great and big and bright as I sit momentarily, cross legged on the living room floor, peering out to the West where the moon lingers over an early morning sky. Suddenly aware that I have too few moments like this, I let its beam reconnect me with the God of the Universe. How many miles away, and our eyes can still see this light. Marvelous.
Let’s see, how that light gets there … ah yes, it is but a reflection of the sun’s light burning elsewhere in the universe. In line to cast a light so luminous from the moon that my husband called me on his way to work just the other day to make sure I didn’t miss the great ball of light edging down between the trees on the next farm. How did God plan all of that? Oh yeah, it just happened. Right.
No, I believe that somewhere in God’s creative goodness the Almighty had at least a master plan, a grand design. What fun. What a window into the mind and majesty of God! Imagine a being so magnificent to dream and scheme and connect all the dots. God may have used many years, may have used the process of evolution, may have figured it out as it progressed. But all that stuff didn’t just happen. Things—creation—the ways of nature—the wit and grace of mammals—couldn’t have just happened.
And God was lonely at one point in the process (tradition, the Bible, many creation stories say); so lonely that God made humans. The human body—the human mind—the interrelationships between people—procreation—all with the ability to connect powerfully with the spirit of this great God.
Hello, God. It’s been too long that I just sat here or somewhere and basked in that companionship, friendship, awe, love. You are still too often lonely, missing the connection and friendship of all these beings. Us. Me. Sorry.
I’ve been busy. You know that. But, that’s no excuse not to linger and absorb your great love.
Yes, I believe. How could I not?
See you around. I’ll try not let it go so long next time til I just sit and soak up the love and goodness you have for us if we but take it in. Not praying, not reading something, not even reading your good book. Just hanging out. Thanks for being there.
Your friend, Melodie
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
How do you get in touch with God? How does God get in touch with you? Where do you best reflect on God’s glory and goodness and friendship?