I spent part of this evening watching a pair of hummingbirds zoom around a feeder on my front porch. I always think of hummingbirds as being in constant motion. But tonight I got to watch them at rest. They would each take a turn drinking from the feeder, but then retire to a tree branch nearby.
Since early March, I have worked primarily at home. I have only been present for a handful or worship services, and I have not received Holy Eucharist. While I am tired of working from home, am sick endless Zoom meetings, and miss gathering in person for worship, I have grown thankful for the time that I have been given to simply sit and watch the world around me–especially the hummingbirds.
This Thursday is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus. This curious scene is found in all three synoptic Gospels. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a mountain to pray. There they witness Jesus transfigured and see Moses and Elijah with him. As part of the prayer for the day, we ask that “being delivered from the disquietude of this world, [we[ may by faith behold the King in his beauty.”
I Googled the definition of “disquietude” and found that its dictionary definition is “a state of uneasiness or anxiety.” I have certainly been living in disquietude these past few months. I am thankful for the moments like this evening, where I could leave the disquietude of the world behind and see the beauty and glory of God’s creation, and be reminded that evening hummingbirds need a place to rest.
We are back to our usual schedule this week: Zoom hangout on Tuesday at 6 pm and worship on Sunday at 6 pm. I hope you join us.
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Tuesday, 6 pm on Zoom
Drop by to hang out or have a chat on Zoom.
Sunday, 6 pm on Zoom
Join us for worship on Sunday, August 9, at 6 pm on Zoom.