Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter - God's Continued Presence

“Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.’” - Acts 3: 6
I read the Easter story to my kindergarteners before dismissing them for Easter vacation. The topics of heaven and God emerged in the discussion that followed. I addressed questions about heaven’s location beyond the clouds and how God can live simultaneously in both heaven and the church. A few children explained how a grandparent or a pet had already gone to live in heaven. These were all typical things that five-year-olds would say.

Then, one girl shared that she once mailed a card to God. “But he didn’t write back,” she continued. She had a disappointed look on her face. This was the first time I heard a student share something like this, so I addressed all the children sitting on the rug. I asked, “If you could write a letter to God, what would you say?” One child would write a simple “I love you.” Another wanted to know if God could come live with us. Many children wanted to ask God, “What do you look like?”

Our sense of sight is often the most visible, tangible way to acknowledge one’s existence. God sent us Jesus in the most concrete form we could identify with – the embodiment of a man. Even though Jesus no longer lives and walks among us in human form, God weaves reminders of Jesus’ presence in our lives.

Let us not forget that something amazing has happened and is still happening this Easter season. God’s love for us not only lives in stories and memories of Jesus, but also in the ways we are called to respond to reminders of Jesus in our daily lives.

What would you write in a letter to God? How could you hear His response, even if He didn’t “write” back?

Open our hearts, Lord, to feel Your presence and listen intentionally, even if we cannot see you.

Reflected by Nathalie Medina

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