This morning in church, we recited a new creed from the United Church of Canada. Ordinarily, I don’t pay much attention to these sorts of things, but it replaced the Nicene Creed which I’ve bemoaned for years as antiquated and far too long to be of use to anyone. Plus, to have something new in church is exciting. It means that the church is not stagnant and tied down to certain dogmatic principles. Anyway, the creed began with the words:
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
and ended with the words:
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.
Now, even though my religious beliefs are still in a somewhat formative stage, this turn of phrase was very comforting to me. Even though my image of God has been significantly altered from what it was as a child, I’m still able to see the work of God in many ways. Not the least of which is the magnificent grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Also, for those of you who are non-believers (which is fine, I understand your reluctance), you may quote science and logic and I really do see that side of things. But, aren’t there moments when it’s just nice to lay back in the midst of the chaos of the world and say to your self: God is with us. We are not alone. Regardless of how you interpret God, I hope that you take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.
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