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I want to see the love (a meditation)

Psalm 8

Who has helped me get to this point in my faith journey?

I sit and I hear the birds singing all around me this morning. They sing for what? I sit in a parking lot preparing to go to work a d I wonder. All the urban sprall around me and yet the birds keep singing. We have change nature so much, we have removed so much of the natural and replaced it with fabricated stone, and yet the birds keep singing. 

I think of those saints I have encountered in my life. I know many of the struggles they faced. I know some of the struggles they continue to face and so many keep singing. As I drove to this parking lot I listened to the song “See the Love” by The BrillIance. In it they say, “I want to see the love all around you. All around you. I want to know, I want to know that love is all around you, all around you.” 

I think of what attracted me to people. I love my grandfather, he always had a song to sing. My Sunday school teacher in high school and college always had encouraging words to say and a smile on her face, yet I know her life was filled with pain. These both made sure that I saw the love instead of the pain of the world. They made sure I saw the hope instead of hopelessness. My first spiritual director who introduced me to the exercises encouraged me to see the love. 

As I live out this day I pray that I will encourage those around me to see the love and the hope.

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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