High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Knowing God Through Caring for Others

How do you know God? What does it mean to know God? We invite you to ponder and consider how it is that you experience God’s presence. A sense of knowing or experiencing God comes with a deep sense of peace and of being enfolded in love. It is often a fleeting, transcendent moment of feeling that we are part of something greater than ourselves. Some of us might name the experience as Love! While an experience of God may nudge or challenge us to a new way of thinking or being, God’s presence always comes with love and with reassurance. An experience of God’s presence will never leave us feeling afraid and alone.


Knowing God through Caring for Others

Two weeks ago we invited you to think of those who have cared for you and helped you know God’s presence. This week, we invite you to flip the question around: Who have you cared for and, in the caring, felt a warmth, a significance, a holy presence? The caring may have been difficult because the person you were caring for was not easy to be with or because their situation was difficult and/or without a simple solution. Or the caring may have given you great satisfaction and you could see the results of your caring in the smile on the other person’s face. Maybe your caring was rejected or maybe you never saw the ultimate results of the care you offered, and yet in the moment you knew that what you were offering was needed.


Who have you cared for? We’ve been taught to be humble and may discount the ways that we have been a blessing to others. Yet, between you and God, you can acknowledge the situations in which you have offered care. We can offer our gratitude for these moments when we have been able to open ourselves to another person’s needs, and in the process have learned something about ourselves and about God.


Have you ever felt a nudge, an inner prompting to phone someone, send an e-mail, and drop by with some cookies? When we listen to those inner promptings of the Spirit, it is amazing how often the person really needed the connection we are offering. God’s Spirit guides us to the people who need our care.


As followers of Jesus, we care. “Love one another as I have loved you,” said Jesus, and that’s what we do. We love, seeking to be unconditional in our loving.   And in our caring for others, we can discover the warmth of God’s presence. In the caring, we know God.


With love and prayers,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

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“Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy.” A. Heschel







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