The beautiful McKenzie river originates in Clear Lake in the Cascade mountains. It flows out of the lake big as life, and tumbles down the mountain over rocks and around curves, following the path of least resistance. Occasionally it goes into free fall over cliffs in a spectacular display of beauty and power. Once, it even goes underground for a few miles, only to reemerge in a pool of crystal clear, startlingly blue water.
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Recent terrorist events in the middle east and Europe and in the U.S. were aimed at families who were together in public places. This made me ponder what spiritual solutions we may have to stay safe and avoid falling into the trap of being terrorized. We don’t want to be naive or foolish but we also don’t want to let a few crazed zealots shape our public life.
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he began with “Our Father which art in heaven.” He taught that this Father can’t be seen with material eyes or heard, felt, or tasted, with material senses, but He still exists. Jesus showed that we all have a spiritual sense that knows God and can be developed by cultivating it. One way I do this is to listen for quiet messages from God, the Father, that tell me about His nature. Even though many of us have had imperfect fathers, and some have had no father at all, I have come to see that God can be to us everything we ever hoped a Father would be.