Living in the Shadow of the Rock

Living in the Shadow of the Rock–October 3, 2019

Matthew 7:25: “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”

Yesterday I spent an hour with a woman who was fearful because of all that is happening in our country; tonight I listened to a young man who was having nightmares, living in the shadow of a building. He was awaken by a man urinating on him. It is not easy living at this time in our society, especially for those without housing.

I spend 95% of my time with young adults, whose main concerns are school, their girl friends or boy friends, their appearance, and the ones who live day by day for food and a place to sleep. They deal with the basic issues of humanity–food, clothing, social life, having fun, and survival. I hear little of the political situation because it is irrelevant to them. Frankly I am at home with them, where with most adults, I am on edge, because if you disagree with them, God help you.

In today’s devotion in the Forward devotional one of the writers who lives in Houston writes this one of the hurricanes :

“But there is one thing we know, even when we are confused. . Faith and love lend a hand, united we face the truth. We are strong, we survive. And we hold on as we try: We are strong, we survived.”

And Father Henri Nouwen writes:

“How can we live in the midst of a world marked by fear, hatred, and violence, and not be destroyed by it? When Jesus prays to his Father for his disciples he responds to this question by saying, “I am not asking you to remove them from the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world” (John 17:15–16).

To live in the world without belonging to the world summarizes the essence of the spiritual life. The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear, in which the powers of hatred and violence rule, but the house of love, where God resides.”

The young adults I hang with, Scripture, and my experience of living life on the edge   have confirmed what both men have said, that when we belong where God resides, in faith and love we will survive. We do not belong to the world, but to God and  live from the  shadow of the Rock– a life of love and compassion. 

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Home Coming

A Celebration of 25 years of Service of Temenos Catholic Worker and Father River Damien Sims

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 94109



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