Finding God in the Sunset [A Prayer]

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Good and gracious God,

I suppose I’m one of those ‘idiots’
who can find you in a sunset.

I see you
in the swooping play of seagulls
and
in the quiet stillness
of deep waters.

I have heard
a silent hymn
sung by the light
of the Milky Way
and
I have heard
the choral response
as cicadas
give thanks for life.

I have sensed you
in a soft ocean breeze
and
been pulled along the waters
by the billowing gust
of Creation.

I have seen you
in the sunset,
in the darkness of a cave,
from a mountain overlook,
in the batting
of a humming bird’s wings,
and in the branches
of a craggy oak tree.

I must admit
there are times
when I find you there
more readily than I do in church.

Help me as I discern
whether you intended
to be found
more in your Creation
or in things
created by humanity.

Am I more likely
to connect with you
when all of the human-made layers
are stripped away
or
am I more likely
to find you
in the messiness we’ve created?

I suspect that in one
I am more likely
to find and understand you
and in the other
I am more likely
to find and understand
the messiness of humanity
and in the processes
the messiness of me.

… then again …

I can find that so many places.

Guide me, my God.

Guide me
as I strive to find that place
where the ‘me’ centeredness of humanity
troubles my relationship with you less.

Guide me to places and spaces
where ‘I’ am less in the way
in our relationship.

May ‘I’ be overwhelmed
as I look into the heavens.

As I see
the immensity of the universe,
may my spirit be found in awe.

As I see the complexity
of the world around me,
may I be humbled
by the beauty
of its evolution.

As I see myself,
may I be reminded
that I am part of it all —
I am made of dirt and stardust.

I am part of Creation,
part of the complexity,
part of the beauty…
and in, through, and by it all
I am connected to you.

May I continue to find you
in the sunset.

Amen

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3 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this poem. Absolutely amazing and true.

    On Sat, Aug 18, 2018 at 9:20 AM Rev. Mark Sandlin wrote:

    > Rev. Mark Sandlin posted: ” Good and gracious God, I suppose I’m one of > those ‘idiots’ who can find you in a sunset. I see you in the swooping play > of seagulls and in the quiet stillness of deep waters. I have heard a > silent hymn sung by the light of the Milky Way and I hav” >

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  2. Thankyou Mark! Well expressed … I too know that I am composed of “dirt and stardust” which my spirit co-inhabits with God’s spirit. Every breath I take and every step I take is miracle. Often when I am sitting in my house or car or the mall, I am struck that everything around me came out of the earth – carpets, toilets, computers, windows!, light bulbs, clothing, cell phones … how amazing that God created all those resources from the beginning! Yikes!

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