Winter Lakefront, St. Joseph, MI
from the window of an Amtrak train
Many of you have inquired if and when my book, Jesus, a Life – Daily Reflections on the Gospel of Luke, would be available electronically. I’m pleased to say, it is now offered as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. $9.99 if you haven’t purchased the print version; $2.99 if you have.
I love this photo. There it was, presenting itself to rail passengers riding Amtrak. Beholding it, I was filled with contentment, abundantly so. I still feel that way whenever I look at it. Here’s a related reflection entitled “The Abundant God” from my book.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Listen, don’t worry about what to eat and what to wear. Life isn’t just about food and clothing. Learn from the birds. They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t have storehouses or barns. That’s because God feeds them. You’re much more valuable than birds!” (Luke 12:22-24)
Don’t worry. Don’t get distracted. Don’t get pulled in two directions. Either we trust God’s care, or we don’t. We might wish it were that easy. Some people seem adept at pulling it off. Saints of past centuries—Francis of Assisi comes to mind—were able to live singularly focused on God. More recently was Mother Teresa, along with the Sisters of Mercy, in Calcutta. All those children. All that poverty. She lived as one under a magnifying glass on a cloudless day, burning with the intensity of God.
I imagine St. Francis and Mother Teresa thought about food and clothing only in the ways those necessities could help others. What they cared about, more than their next breath, was the God who breathed upon them. God wouldn’t fail to clothe them. God would be the food to sustain them. Life starts and ends with God’s abundance.
Where are these people today? Seminaries and theological schools don’t offer courses on “The Imitation of St. Francis” or “Be Like Mother Teresa in Ten Days.” In my thirty-plus years of working in the church, no one (not once!) ever sat in my office and anguished aloud, “How do I live as freely as the birds?” As far as my own track record is concerned, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have been able to point the way. Saints perceive God’s abundance. The rest of us focus on our scarcity.
What’s keeping you from flying?