There is much we can do with this week’s Sunday Stills theme: SPIRIT.
Humankind yearns for spiritual connections, whether to nature, to other people, to the God of the Bible or to an un-named higher being.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge this week’s devasting news about the horrific fire that all but destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral. I grieved virtually alongside Parisians and the rest of the world as images unfolded showing the crumbling spire and damage to the nave and much of the church’s interior.
Photo by Gregory Hayes on Unsplash
This happened on the Monday during Holy Week, the traditional time of Christian celebration between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
“The cathedral is home to exquisite religious artifacts, paintings, sculptures and other priceless works of art. A chaplain and a French official were among a group of people who formed a human chain to save many of the church’s holy relics such as the Crown of Thorns believed to be worn by Jesus Christ.”Notre Dame Cathedral on Fire
As our spirits grieve for the 850-year old church, an architectural marvel built in the Middle Ages, we must also acknowledge that our faith is not confined within the physical structure of the church itself, but in the belief that God is eternal, as are our souls.
As a Christian, I have accepted God’s grace through Jesus Christ that, when upon my death, my spirit shall live in eternity with God.
“For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all newborn.”Alice Freeman Palmer
“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.”Romans 1:4
Out of the ashes springs hope as we celebrate Easter Sunday today.
Monday, April 22 is Earth Day, a celebration of the Earth’s spirit as we inhabitants clean up and care for our environment.
Enjoy the memes celebrating nature’s spirit:
“May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.”Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Whether you believe in a higher being, a natural Earth, follow an organized religion, or simply just believe, show us something that moves YOUR spirit.