Daily Office Readings for Year One: Saturday of week one of Lent.
From the Gospel of John
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
This again reminds me of when I was in undergraduate school at East Carolina University and taking chemistry with a lab and Intro to philosophy. At the time I was an enlisted Marine working on my college degree with not much thought of divine things. However, I was a church going person and did ponder about God every now and again.
So, as I studied the elemental chart and saw that the simplest of atomic structures was that of the hydrogen atom (a proton and a electron). I asked myself, was it a random act that the combining and restructuring of atoms and proteins caused life and eventually us? Or, was there a master thought actually thinking these things (and us) into being from the very beginning? Philosophically, I read René Descartes and his pondering of “I think therefore I am.” And even without being any kind of a churchy person I reasoned that life was not random. It was a loving plan from the start, from one who is Spirit. This is One who I like to call the Principle Ponderer.
So it is the Unseen Spirit that brings the seen into visibility, into being, into discernment, not the other way around.
We are connected to the Almighty in Spirit and in Truth. And as Jesus tells the woman at the well, we are to worship God in Spirit and in truth. We cannot get away from the presence of God as is proclaimed by the Psalmist, “Where can I go then from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.” (Psalm 139:6 – 7)
We are brought into life as spiritual beings learning and struggling to be the created creatures God has equipped us to be. We should not be so fascinated with the diversity of our physical make-up that we forget that we are all one Spirit in God. And as Christians, we make that spiritual connection through Jesus who is the Christ, our Emanuel, God with us.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.