Now that I am on Cape Cod, I enjoy spending time
in simple communion with Nature. Step aside from the noisy hustle
and bustle of city traffic, uncaring motorists, and mad‑rush
shoppers, just for a short period of time -- even if you live amidst
all this modern‑day environmental clatter -- and it’s really quite
amazing what wonders of life and creation you can behold. Take a few
moments and just let the soul and spirit rise above all that tends
to keep them down, and you will be amazed at just how majestic life
Stand along the shoreline and behold the vast
expanse, from whence all life on earth arose, and you can feel the
power and the majesty of God’s Holy Kingdom, right here on earth.
Look up into the night sky and consider, if only in part, the
utterly unfathomable universe which is out there, and how can you
not be completely humbled by the Divine Intelligence behind it all?
Some time ago, I read two books which impacted me
greatly: The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene and Alpha
and Omega; New Thoughts on the Beginning and the End of the Universe
by Charles Seife. Apart from stretching my mental capacities beyond
their limits; and apart from causing me to sit and ponder on the
utter and unfathomable Intelligence behind physical creation; while
I was reading the words of these greats mind endeavoring to explain
what seems so unexplainable, I was so moved by the sheer Divinity of
their concepts. In some ways, I could have been reading Scripture.
Despite the rigid wall which, for centuries, has separated Science
and Religion, these two aspects of human consciousness are, indeed,
In a recent issue of Scientific American,
I came across an intriguing fact: the more science discovers about
our universe, and the further science goes back in time – by delving
deeper into space – the more unsure scientists are of the
fundamental principles of the physical world and the more appealing
become the fundamental laws of the metaphysical world. Cosmologists
are of one basic mind: embedded within the initial spark of
Creation, 15 or so billion years ago, were you and I; were the
trees; were the birds, the bees, the ants, and the seas.
Even Einstein’s amazing revelations are, now,
simply not enough to explain what current-day technology has
unearthed. Einstein, himself, as he approached the twilight of his
earthly years concluded that, were he to do it all again, he would
have sought to understand the
spiritualism which underlies the materialism to which he devoted
so much of his time and genius.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Thus, Holy Scripture begins. First, there was the Spirit!
Centuries later, the heart and soul of the
Psalmist sang, in praise, the revelation of creation: Oh Lord,
our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, Who hast
displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! When I consider Thy
heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou
hast ordained; What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him?
When I consider Thy heavens, what is man, that Thou dost take
thought of him?
Now, how’s that for putting things in some form of realistic
perspective? When we consider the grand scheme of life and
creation; when we consider that this majestic planet is but one
grain of sand embedded within the vast desert of a universal Sinai,
what are we, that God should take note of us?
What are we that God should take note of us?
Does God hear your prayers? Does God care for you and
problems? Does God know that you exist? Is the finger of God
within your heart, as it is in the moon, the stars, and heavens?
When we, in our moments of prayer, speak to God, does He hear what
we are saying?
Well, there is good news, and the good news is
etched within the Gospels of Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus, that he
might become the voice of the Holy Christ, to assure us and to
comfort us in these very real questions and very real concerns.
When Jesus stood upon the mount and delivered his
sermon, he responded to the people of Judea, when they, themselves,
were asking these very same questions. What are we that God
should take note of us? And Jesus said: Why are you anxious
about your life? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do
not toil, nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in
all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God
so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow
is thrown into the furnace, will He not do so much more for you?
If God so arrays the grass of the field, will He not do so much more
Perhaps some would say that this is an over
simplistic response to the cry of the Human soul. But, I do not
think it is. Will not God do so much more for us? The answer is
clear. Yes, God does hear our prayers. Yes, God does
know every one of us. God meant it when, speaking through the
prophet Isaiah, He said: I have carved you in the palm of My
hand, and I call you each by name.
Thus, the question should not be: Does God
hear our prayers. Rather, the question should be: Do we
listen when God calls us each by name? When we speak to God,
in prayer, do we, then, take time to listen to God’s
response, in silent meditation? It seems so easy to speak ‑‑ either
of our prayers or of our achievements ‑‑ yet so very hard to keep
quiet and simply listen to the Voice of Silence, as it echoes within
the soul and spirit.
Who am I that God would take note of me
is an ancient question. It has been asked by men and women of every
generation, in every land. And yet, God has responded to this
ancient concern, time and time again, through so many prophets. He
takes care of the sparrows; He takes care of the grass; He takes
care of the fields; He takes care of the insects; He keeps the
Heavens in balance. Will God not do so much more for us? God
takes care of us!
David knew this when he was praising God’s glory;
for, in the Psalm, when he asks: When I consider Thy heaves, the
work of Thy fingers, what is man that Thou dost take thought of him;
his immediate response is as clear and as promising as was Jesus
Christ’s: Thou hast made him a little lower than the Angels.
We matter to God, and our personal cares and concerns
are those of God, as well. So, the next time you behold the wonder and
majesty of nature; the next time you gaze up into the night sky and
become transfixed by its sheer glory; and, then, you begin worrying
about this, that, or the other care and concern, remember the promise
made by God, through His prophets. God cares for you; He cares for
me; He cares for us all.
By no means is it easy keeping that thought in the
forefront of our lives and its many challenges; but keep it there we
must. It is an effort of will,
an exercise in faith, and the
resolve of the Spirit. Just
remember: God gave us the will. God gave us the faith. God gave us the
Spirit. But, it is we who must engage them.
The next time you behold the wonder of Creation,
either in the heavens or in a simple blade of grass, know that you are
very much a part of this wonder. We are not separated from the marvel of
Creation. God is our Father; He infused us with life. Earth is our
Mother; she bore us in her womb. Thus, we must demonstrate honor and
respect for our beloved Mother, as we do for our Divine Father.
We are in troubling times. It seems as if we are
living amid a battleground between the forces of Light and the forces of
Darkness. So much is at stake during these distressing times. It worries
me and, I am sure, it worries you. One could almost say that it even
worries our beloved Mother Earth.
As you behold the unfolding of events, especially
those of the last 100 years, have you ever felt as if the earth,
herself, is weeping? Have you ever felt that we are all sharing in a
collective grief? Have you ever felt deep grief at a time when there was
no logical reason to do so?
In his book,
“Dancing Between Two Worlds: Jung and the Native American Soul”,
Fred Gustafson, Jungian psychologist and long-time student of the Lakota
Nation, makes the following comment:
"We live now in an age of
weariness and disillusionment. We have produced bigger and better but at
a tremendous cost to the human soul . . . There is widespread collective
anger today overlaying our sense of loss of soul and failed vision. Our
corner of the world is having a massive collective nervous breakdown."
All one must do is observe the current political
scene to witness the intense anger, the frustration, and the divineness
of a Nation which seems to be torn asunder. We are dealing with some
very vital issues of life, death, creation and evolution. Battlegrounds
are being drawn within the political, religious, social, and legal
arenas, and their implications will touch each one of us for generations
During such times, we must stand firmly upon the
faith of our Spirit. Let us always keep in mind that Spirit – personal,
collective, and Divine – permeates every
one and every
thing. Let us always keep in mind that even death, itself, cannot
bring to an end the journey of the soul and the wondrous mystery of the
spirit. God made us this promise. Jesus Christ upheld and demonstrated
this promise. Spirit reaches across the threshold of life to reassure us
of this promise, again and again, whenever we may falter in our faith.
We are living in disastrous times. Why? Because we have walked away from
our indigenous roots -- physically, emotionally, psychologically and
spiritually. We have separated ourselves from the earth, the sand, the
ground, the trees, the birds, the bees, the fields, ourselves and the
stars. We have separated ourselves from God, our Father, and Earth, our
Mother. We have separated ourselves from the womb of Creation, which is
around, about, and within us. That is a disaster! The derivation of the
word “disaster”? It means, literally, “separated from the stars”.
So, when we gaze into the nightly sky, a blade of
grass, a budding flower, a tree or an ugly crawling spider, and we fail
to appreciate our connectedness to each of these . . .
When we witness the countless men, women, and
children who are starving to death in distant lands, and we fail to
appreciate that the hunger which swells within their bellies is a
collective famine of the Human Spirit . . .
When we rationalize war under the guise of revenge
and justice, we set the stage for disaster – emotional, psychological,
Being truly Interfaith can address this disastrous state of affairs. A
beliefe in spiritualism – not the religion, but the truly interfaith ism
of the spirit - offers us wonder, mystery, faith, and comfort during
these troubling times. We can do something about this; allow no one to
convince you otherwise. We may not be able to involve ourselves in
political movements; we may not be able to write huge checks. But we can
all pray, and we can – in fact, we
must -- all share in the
grief, the weeping, and
the tears shed by God, our
Father, and Earth, our Mother.
God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow
is thrown into the furnace, will He not do so much more for us?
Just remember: God gave us the will. God gave us the faith. God gave us
the Spirit. But, it is we who must engage them.
Sit in humble silence for a few moments and ponder
the gift of the Spirit.
Scripture References: Psalms 8:1-9