WHERE IS GOD?

During this season of Lent, we’ve been asking, “Where is God?”

These are some of the responses we’ve received. God is everywhere.

 

Where is God? God is in:

  • A spring rain
  • Spring is here thank God. I saw a bright yellow dandelion – beautiful! I am an organic gardener
  • The dirt waiting to be gathered up
  • The sweetest pineapple I bought and was able to share with my best friend
  • A strong and healthy marriage
  • The beautiful blue ridge mountains of Virginia
  • My gratitude for Jinni Rock-Bailey
  • After Church St. Luke’s 8:00 a.m., I saw a pair of Red Cardinals. Thank God!
  • Watching my son’s first grade play this week and being thankful for our awesome teachers and kids
  • The faces of new congregants
  • The daily signs of simple and extraordinary transformation
  • Seeing a friend be grateful for having others, being a part of his life, and sharing a painful story
  • The leadership of the Toni’s Kitchen ministries. They work to fulfill the needs of their guests with Kindness and simple grace. All are treated with dignity, patience and joy
  • The women’s march in Washington
  • Diocesan Events like Vestry University
  • I prayed for you today Tim Mannion, Nesta Stephens, Charlene Salvito, Sarah Mennell, John Mennell, Tom Laws
  • The blue flowers under the melting snow
  • All around us
  • Math because I was calm
  • Our peace
  • My job interview
  • The passion of Rev. John’s sermons
  • The peace at St. Luke’s, in the love in hugs received and given
  • The goodwill of our blessed 8 o’clock community
  • Whenever and wherever I/we look for him/her/it if I slow down and become and stay conscious
  • The innocence of children
  • The blessing of us with a baby on the way
  • The face of a woman on the steps of a church, her warm smile, her gratitude for a small gift
  • For Lent I gave up depression and negative thinking, no matter how bleak my situation. I found god in the spontaneous and random acts of kindness of my neighbor and friends and strangers who unknowingly lifted my spirits and saved the day
  • The smile of everyone around me today
  • With the loving girl scout who is trying to change laws so that under-aged girls are not allowed to marry
  • A beautiful sunset
  • My spirit and in faces of others
  • My loving family who is always concerned about my well being
  • Our heart
  • Sharing bible inspirations with my son
  • All things
  • Hope
  • Our friends coming together to support a family who lost their father to suicide
  • The sun that is out, the birds that are singing, and the fat squirrel that is sitting in the tree
  • The laughter of my children, the embrace of my friends and in the arms of my beloved I see God
  • My parents’ love of me
  • The strength and endurance of my son
  • Everywhere I see people serving others
  • Walking fifteen miles along a restored canal in London with our daughter and seeing all wildlife and people enjoying God’s creation lovingly brought back to life
  • My loving Family, the health and wellbeing of those who I love, and in my mom and for the way she gave us our first home
  • The birth of new babies
  • Driving through the reservation seeing the barren trees surrounded by the silver snow dotted with sunshine
  • The love every member of this congregation shows to one another and to the community of Montclair together; we have built a home where we are ALL truly welcome
  • Through the unwavering love from and by my father
  • Our daughter planning extended family New Jersey shore weekends
  • In the wonderfully generous people who assist with wellness program at Toni’s Kitchen by taking blood pressure, checking glucose levels, and monitoring medications. They listen, focus, and advise each person as living and loving proof, that every life, even troubled lives, matter to us and God
  • When my son sees I had a rough day and gives me a hug. Also when he always offers to help me in any way he can
  • Difficult schedule conflicts that seemingly resolve themselves
  • Amanda and all of my family
  • Tara Murphy Torres; what a blessed woman
  • The St. Luke’s Caring Community and Sue Singer
  • My daughter’s voice when she sings
  • Next to me
  • Stephanie’s devotion in the care of our son
  • My three beautiful daughters
  • The caring community as it assists to unite us with how we love one another
  • The hands of my wife’s eye surgeon
  • The glimpse of golden yellow from the forsythia and daffodils that survived the storm last week
  • The volunteers of the 2nd Time Around Shop
  • You
  • Toni’s kitchen and global green growth institute
  • A drive through upstate New York in driving snow the sun emerged to light up Cayuga lake’s inherent beauty
  • The strength of a friend coping with a difficult situation and the outpouring of help the community has offered her
  • When my dog Ruby gives me a good morning lick on my cheek
  • Everywhere through my window as I look at the homes and the dogs, I pray for Libby, Charles, Elsie, Gina, Warren and Me
  • An answer to a prayer request that I received right on time
  • Miguel Bermeo
  • Every individual snowflake that blanketed us last week
  • My heart
  • My spirit and the faces of others
  • The Lehigh river in PA
  • The gentle embrace of my son as he sees me have a moment of frustration
  • The generosity of Spirit that I experience among my co-workers
  • I decided to change jobs. I see God in my husband’s encouragement and faith of me finding another job
  • An adult daughter caring for her mother making sure she looks her best
  • A sunny March walk
  • A free sandwich given with joy
  • This wonderful community, every time in worship I feel His/Her/It’s Presence
  • My 50+ cousin and his wife expecting twins in the fall
  • Kindness to the elderly, young man helping a senior woman across the street
  • In the faces of my granddaughters everyday
  • In the face of my friend Jimmi who died a few days ago
  • Mom’s rehab improvement and improved spirits
  • The generosity of the volunteers at the 2nd Time Around Shop and Toni’s Kitchen
  • Our hope
  • Port Authority when during the height of rush hour a commuter gave his shoes to a homeless man
  • My head
  • The fellowship of road trip conversations
  • Theo
  • As a sign as two daffodils that broke into bloom this week I hope the weather doesn’t stop them from holding up their heads 
  • In St. Luke’s Members, I am visiting from MA and Catholic
  • This Friday and pastor and all from church in Newark
  • The face of my congregation
  • My heart
  • For the woman on 46th street who thanked me for my donation to the Salvation Army. “Good Boy” she said to an old man
  • Our Joy
  • Our Fear
  • My daughter’s excited observation of flower blooms breaking the grounds surface as a sign of spring
  • Our church
  • Dan and Charlene for moving ahead with the Peace and Justice Ministry
  • Sonia’s sermon, which was a blessing this morning
  • Saturday morning when I felt his forgiveness
  • Ever present, every where, every time from eternity to eternity in all situations and circumstances
  • The healing power of healthcare providers
  • The life of Ruth Perritti
  • Sunday School
  • Every sunrise and sunset that my eyes witness
  • On the streets of Newark, NJ this week
  • Veronica and SW rep – travel support reps who helped me get home before the snow storm
  • The sunset
  • Bishop Beckwith
  • My granddaughter becomes very anxious about taking tests in 5th grade. This week I saw God in her smile as she ran off of the school bus waving a paper and yelling, “I got a 100% on my test!”
  • St. Luke’s Ministries, all of them
  • Seeing the sunrise and breathing clean, crisp air in my lungs after an early morning run. In my health and strength which I never take for granted.
  • Our soul
  • Holding my grandchildren
  • Snoopy
  • The improvement of my son and the ability to see things through with my wife
  • Family
  • The heart of each snowflake, in each drop of rain, and all around us
  • The face of my 92 year old mother yesterday
  • The donation of beautiful items to the shop
  • Dinner with friends 
  • In the love and support I receive from my family and my close friends
  • Walking in the beautiful Andersen park with my little dog and having random encounters with people and enjoying the beautiful green space
  • Sonia’s wonderful message 
  • The many warm, patient, and helping hands within the Caring Community ministry
  • The plates of well prepared food and in the smiling faces of those who serve and those who receive in Toni’s Kitchen
  • The faces of two brothers when they stopped fighting and hugged
  • The fortitude of the Syrian refugees
  • The united nations tax department (and was because of these notes)
  • The sun, the sky, we see God
  • Mateo’s pre-k school
  • People’s hearts at a rally
  • The hospitality of Grace Church, Newark
  • The crocus flowers that bloomed this week before the snow
  • The peace and forgiveness in Laos and Cambodia
  • The loveliness of Tara Murphy
  • Standing Committee
  • The gift of thought
  • The sermon by Dr. Waters, award from Adelphi LGBTQ community
  • A call from a friend out of the blue on a day when I was feeling down
  • At 8:00 a.m. mass and 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer
  • In Sue Singer
  • In my cousin Dani who picked up my mom to visit my dad in the hospital
  • The moments of a baby falling asleep on my lap, reminding me of the preciousness and beauty of life and that I can feel joy
  • The generosity of Sue Singer
  • Edgar 
  • The morning sun
  • Education for Ministry
  • Church Community
  • Coffee Hour
  • The moments of a baby falling asleep on my lap, reminding me of the preciousness and beauty of life and that I can feel joy
  • My daughter’s smile
  • Notre Dame, Paris
  • Jesus’ love for the whole world forever, thank you God!
  • My children
  • My heart
  • In the many helping hands, giving hearts, laughter, and smiles of the volunteers in the 2nd Time Around Shop 
  • All of the ladies of the 2nd Time Around Shop
  • Peace and Justice
  • Anderson Park
  • The Caring Community
  • The faces of children and dogs
  • The eyes of my son
  • My grandson, Michael
  • My friend Jan’s generosity and willingness to take on more
  • The choir
  • Moments like when God showed up and said what I needed to hear through John’s “off-script” Ash Wednesday Sermon. He shook me out of the stress of motherhood and put me back into the joy.