October 27, 2012

Reflections: God's presence accompanies us everywhere as the Third, the Other


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REFLECTIONS is a column written by members of Maine's faith-based community. Opinions expressed in the column reflect the author's view and not necessarily that of the newspaper.

Already we know both our need and the truth of that. On a New Jersey mud flat there is a sign with a twist: "Our erasers rub out mistakes in any language." We may add, however, "Not in the language of personal need." Nor can they rub out all that soils and spoils the planet. It is God's speech from the height of that middle cross that speaks both in the language of our need and the need of our planet.

But what kind of planet? Our times are set in crisis. P. D. James alludes to the dilemma of our planet so mixed with evil and good in her novel, "The Private Patient," through the silent musings of her main character:

"And she had Clara. She slipped her hand into Clara's and felt the comfort of her responsive squeeze. She thought, the world is a beautiful place and terrible place.

Deeds of horror are committed every minute and in the end those we love die. If the screams of all the Earth's living creatures were one scream of pain; surely it would shake the stars. But we have love. It may seem a frail defense against the horrors of the world, but we must hold fast and believe in it, for it is all we have."

Just so! We have love! More! We have Calvary Love! God's love in the Christ is our defense against all in life that would take us down.

This love of God is everywhere available to us in the Third who is always within hailing distance.


The Rev. Merle G. Steva is minister of visitation at the First Parish Church in Saco.


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