Despite the Olympics being televised and the high drama of artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming), I spent more time than usual in my thinking chair. It’s a simple question but it got stuck up my head. “During this time, (this season in your life) when I think about my relationship with God, I feel” 1) Less connected to God, 2) As connected to God as I always was, 3) More connected to God.  Interestingly, my answer turned out to be – yes. I’m not bothered by my response as much as I’m intrigued by my ease in affirming each option. I know my friends, the ones who like to “draw inside the lines”, will shake their heads and conclude it’s my contrarian (or is it rebellious) nature. I can almost hear you scream at me, “Just answer the question!!! 1, 2 or 3” Funny but true. The invitation is to reflect upon the “how.” How are you less connected to God? How has your connection remained the same? How are you more connected to God? Because of the past year and a half these are good questions to ponder and answer. It’s been a difficult season in our lives. It’s been foggy and frustrating.  For me it’s been disturbing (more so than unsettling) and we’ve been through a lot of adjusting and continue to do so. We just closed down the last 4 days of Summer Adventure Camp as one of the campers contracted covid-19. It’s still a strange time. We deal with the impacts, resistance, distrust and uncertainty particularly occurring as the dance between the science and politics and parties and privilege seems clumsy and uncoordinated. As we manage our way, be intentional and reflect upon your relationship with God.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Reflection Questions:
How are you less connected to God?
How has your connection with God remained the same?
How are you more connected to God?

Prayer: Holy God, wherever I may find myself, you call me beloved, keep me open to your presence and strengthen my connection to you and others in new and life giving ways. Amen