Don’t miss your sacramental moments

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings; with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth.” Isaiah 6:1-3 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Don’t miss your sacramental moments”
 
Frederick Buechner once wrote that a sacramental moment is “when something holy happens. It is transparent time, time which you can see through to something deep inside time.”
 
Sacramental moments happen most often in church during a good worship service. That’s when most of us have our deepest encounters with God. Music is especially effective at lifting us up out of ourselves to an encounter with God. The music also softens our hearts and prepares us to hear the Word of God preached and explained.
 
But corporate worship services are by no means the only time we experience such sacramental moments. As Buechner says, “Church isn’t the only place where the holy happens. Sacramental moments can occur at any moment, any place, and to anyone.”
 
Yes, that’s true, but only if we aren’t, as Buechner cautions, blind as bats. Sacramental moments can happen at any time if we have the spiritual sight and the sensitivity to experience and appreciate them. And this is where most of us struggle.
 
The truth is that many of us do go through life blind as bats.  We’re spiritually dull as well. We rush through life unaware of the holy all around us because we spend so much of our life hurried, harried, harassed, and hurting. Therefore, our attention is everywhere except on the holy.
 
This is why it’s so important that we don’t skip church. The Bible instructs us (God commands us), to be faithful in our attendance at the weekly gatherings of our church family. There are many good reasons for this but one is so that we can refocus, encounter God in worship, have those sacramental moments, and become re-sensitized to the spiritual so maybe we will at least be a little less “blind as bats and spiritually dull” the rest of the week.     
 
There are sacramental moments waiting for you this Sunday. It will be a holy encounter with the Living God. Will you be there to experience it? I hope you will. Your spiritual eyes will be opened, your soul will be awakened, and you will be much more prepared to face and deal with the coming week. Don’t miss your sacramental moments.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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