This will be on the back page of the Sunday, September 09, 2018 (16th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B) bulletin for Fishkill UMC. Services are at 10 am; come and join us this Sunday.
That is a question many have asked down through the ages; it is still asked today. And for many, despite their pronouncements to the contrary, their God is simply a thought expressed in the words of books, not something that is a part of their life. Now, as an educator, there is something to be said for old-fashioned “book learning” but I prefer learning that goes outside the classroom.
I am currently taking a course on faith and science and, in the context of one of the discussions, a fellow class member wrote that their mother always told them to put on their gloves when her hands were cold. My momma would always make comments concerning windows, doors, televisions and our effort to heat and cool the universe.
John Wooden, the famed UCLA basketball coach, would often encourage his players with statements such as, “be quick but don’t hurry” and “failing to plan is planning to fail.” His players wise to the ways of the world would often chuckle at these parcels of wisdom but would later find themselves echoing those same thoughts when they became coaches or fathers.
What we must realize is that wisdom is the sum of our education and our experience.
Is your God simply words written in a book somewhere or is He a part of your life and experience? Will those who have read or heard of God find in you that which they are seeking?