We are out of touch with the flow of nature. Our ancestors knew it. They had to, their lives depended on it. Our lives no longer depend on it. We have heat. We have air conditioning. We have indoor plumbing, and water as soon as we turn on the faucet. Our ancestors would know what it means that there are more leaves this year. They would watch for the thickness of the tomato skins, the length of the cucumbers, the sweetness of the melons, the fact that there seem to be fewer birds this year. Jesus said that we would know what was happening by the signs, but it seems we no longer know the signs. What has taken their place in our spiritual lives?
Open our eyes that we may see. Open our ears that we may hear. Open our hearts that we may feel. Open us, O God, to the leading and guiding of your Spirit in our lives. Open us to the needs of your people around us. Open us to the new, the challenging, the untried. Open us to seeing and hearing and feeling you living and moving within and around us. And give us grace to stop and observe your world.....Amen