Holy moments occur when you least expect them. You stop in your tracks and take in the beauty of God’s creation exhibited in a blazing sunset or a fresh-fallen snow. You see a newborn baby and suddenly experience life as a gracious gift from God. You hold the hand of a loved one, and give thanks for his or her presence and love. These are all holy moments and they are gifts of God.
In early October, I embarked on a pilgrimage of prayer and renewal. I have spent time immersing myself in prayer and in seeking to more deeply discern God’s voice. Several weeks ago, as we sang the Lord’s Prayer during worship, I suddenly felt the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit among us. As we sang: “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever,” our voices rose in strong and beautiful unison. It was a moment of transcendence. God was in our midst, and I felt it.
God is always in our midst. Yet, so often we are so busy with running and doing, that we miss the divine presence. We can even unintentionally shut out the Holy Spirit because we are so focused on business-as-usual. Yet God is ever present, calling us to notice those holy moments of transcendence.
What holy moments have you experienced? Why not share them here? As the people of God at New Hanover, and beyond, we can begin to reflect on how the Holy Spirit is in our midst empowering our lives and our ministry each day. Together, let’s begin a process of deeper discernment of our personal and communal holy moments.
Copyright © 2007 Susan M. Lang