Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Spirit Works Within and Through...

...sometimes without us knowing.

That is for sure.  When you are working and living in the world connected to God, it is truly amazing to see and feel how the Spirit may be working within the world and yes, even within you, before anyone realizes.  Recently I met a women whose husband had passed away only a few hours before.  My encounter with this stranger was brief and she stated at least twice how she was a strong woman and that was one thing her husband admired; yet but the end I knew I had to give her a hug.  The push to hug this woman was so powerful, I was overcome by it and further I knew that I would regret it if I did not.  After I hugged this woman she told me that her husband, who had pre-written his obituary, had told people in lieu of flowers give someone a hug.  Yup, that hug was the Spirit moving through me!

Every time we walk into our YMCA there is a greeter, usually these are people with some form of handicap.  One of these greeters is a younger man who has difficultly with speech and so they have a computer generated voice for him and he pressed buttons to talk.  I have noticed many people walking past him without giving him time to greet them, for there is a slight delay.  My children stop wait for him to press his button and say hello.  One day my oldest told him that his "computer voice was cool."  The smile on this young man's face lit up the room, but the best one was when my middle child ask his name.  He told us his name and now when they go in and see him, they remember his name.  This is surely the Spirit working in them to show God's love! 

Once my mom and step-dad were heading to a dog park, completely frustrated with their puppy and beginning to believe that they just "couldn't do it."  It was a difficult conversation on the way to the park.  When they arrived there was a woman there with several of the same bread dogs as theirs - a bread known to be wonderful but needs a dominate owners.  This woman showed them some tricks, gave them advice and encouraged them.  They walked away from that park feeling confident and several years later wouldn't imagine life without that dog.  They are frequent dog-park goers and although that woman helped them that day they have never seen her again.   That was the Spirit moving through that woman.

These might all seem like crazy examples or examples of just "decent people" but I want to point out that our life isn't always full of extreme moments in which we need God.  Our life isn't all about the very low - but mostly life is about the every day.  Life is about the ordinary days that we live striving each day to accomplish what needs to get down.  Life is about the same-day to day unless we open ourselves to the Creator and the beauty around us.  Unless we open ourselves up to see how even in the small details, the Spirit can move and work! 

My middle child, who is my oldest son, told me while painting that my painting "wasn't beautiful" while comparing mine to his sister's whose was "sooo beautiful."  My painting was a realist example while hers was a modern abstract piece.  Mine looked like a bird, hers had all the right "colors" for that bird not all the right lines.  Beauty, especially God's beauty, is found all around us in life.  If we only look for it in the box we have created called "God" then we may miss out on the true beauty of the Spirit that is whirling around us.