God Lurks in the Gaps

Father River Damien Sims

A Thanksgiving Love Note

God Lurks In the Gaps

    Last night I sat with five of my friends, around their campfire, in Golden Gate Park. “Ghost”, 17, a kid whose parents kicked him out on the streets when he was 13, homeless, living day to day, and  in remission of leukemia, commented: “All we have is gratitude.”

    Fr. Richard Rhor expands on Ghost’s comment:

“Brothers and sisters, you and I don’t “deserve” anything, anything. It’s all a gift. But until we begin to live in the kingdom of God instead of the kingdoms of this world, we think, as most Christians do, exactly like the world. We like the world of seemingly logical equations. Basically, to understand the Gospel in its purity and in its transformative power, we have to stop counting, measuring, and weighing. We have to stop saying “I deserve” and deciding who does not deserve. None of us “deserve”! Can we do that? It’s pretty hard . . . unless we’ve experienced infinite mercy and realize that it’s all a gift”

   Jorge Luis Borgues  further suggests: “The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur, God lurks in the gaps.”

    What I have found is that when we eliminate, or at least face our various fears, of age, racism, homelessness, etc,  we find like Dr. Louise Aronson:

“I have begun to think of labels in this way: it is as of child, adult, and elder. These are the primary colors, like red, blue and yellow, and all its sub-stages are derived from those three fundamental colors, just as all colors are,” and in doing so we experience the love of God in all of its fullness, and out of gratitude take care of all of our brothers and sisters.

    So I wish you a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving! And I pray each of you can  God “lurking in the gaps”!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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