Often while traveling from one place to another, and many times when I am just sitting or standing by a window gazing outside observing all that has been created by our loving Creator God of many names I am suddenly brought to consciousness of the presence of our Creator by a sight that otherwise appear matter of fact.
The sight of squirrels running up and down a tree, the sight of birds making a nest, or even a sight of contrails left in the sky by airplanes miles overhead leaving their smoky white patterns against the azure spring sky.
Lately, it is the sight of contrails that has called to me the most frequently. Perhaps it has been the Lent and Easter seasons that has drawn me closer to being aware that eventually two or more of these random streaks will intersect to imprint some form of a cross against the background.
Immediately, I am drawn to an experience of gratefulness, loving kindness, and unspeakable joy becoming aware of the One who died on a cross, died for all humanity. The empty cross is a sign that the death of Jesus was followed three days later by his resurrection.
Sin is no longer an obstacle to humanity if we but follow in his footsteps to live as our loving, Creator God desires by loving that same God, one another and all creation.
These signs and wonders bring us to an awareness of the blessings we have received, and bring us ever increasingly closer to unity with all that exists, but most of all closer to our Creator God so we can truly love one another. In living in this manner we too can become signs, wonders, and blessings to others in our lives.
Deacon Paul E. Richardson is a guest columnist.