I’m struggling with the socially distant God.
A God that is six feet, or more, away.
A God I can’t touch.
I am struggling with a masked God.
One who is hard to recognize from the crowd.
It is so hard not to see you smile.
I am so tired of the enclosed God.
Trapped with me and my house and my family and my work
Sometimes the breath of the pneuma gets stuck in my throat
Source, Word & Spirit
When we are the hands and feet of Jesus, I feel isolated from your love.
So I find myself seeking you; in the the sunsets and flowers,
In the crinkles of laughter around people’s eyes and the nods of hello
In the stillness of the moments, in the sweat of the medical teams, in the stories, all the evolving stories, of good in the world
Creator, Liberator, Comforter
Remind me of all the ways you are present.
Give me the gifts of creativity, liberty and comfort in ways I’d never ask for nor expect.
And when I feel alone, tell me that even Jesus felt alone.
Creator, Lover, Sustainer
When I am overwhelmed, please speak to me that my feelings are real and legitimate.
Help me to make space for the feelings–the loneliness, the fleeting happiness, the sadness, the anger, and the thirst for change.
Then teach me new ways to be your hands and feet I pray.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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