This week Syria has been very much in the news. Now the task of rebuilding will begin and as people return to their homes they will find the vision of Jeremiah.

“I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void;
and to the heavens, and they had no light.
I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking,
and all the hills moved to and fro.
I looked, and lo, there was no one at all,
and all the birds of the air had fled.
I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert,
and all its cities were laid in ruins
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.”

(Jer. 4 23-26)

“A Parable” By James Russell Lowell. (1819-1891)

SAID Christ our Lord, “I will go and see
How the men, my brethren, believe in me.”
He passed not again through the gate of birth,
But made himself known to the children of earth.

Then said the chief priests, and rulers, and kings,
“Behold, now, the Giver of all good things;
Go to, let us welcome with pomp and state
Him who alone is mighty and great.”

In the midst of saying his first mass, said Martin Luther, “I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself ‘I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the living, eternal and true God’”.

This was found in a blog by Kurt Strassner who quoted it from “Church History in Plain Language” by Bruce Shelley

I was on my way to church and was almost there when I look at my phone and it said 'NO SERVICE'

so I turned around and went home.

We're already in the presence of God.

What's absent is awareness.

Richard Rohr

Did I offer peace today?

Did I bring a smile to someone's face?

Did I say words of healing?

Did I let go of my anger and resentment?

Did I forgive?

Did I love?

These are the real questions.

Henri Nouwen