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Taste and See

March 26, 2020
By Jodie Rubenzer

Taste and See the Goodness of our God

You know how sometimes you wake up and you’ve got stuff already swirling in your mind and head.  Well today the words and music of Psalm 34 were playing on rewind in mine.   “Taste and see the goodness of our God the goodness of our God.”  I even found myself saying under my breath “God please, I haven’t even had my coffee yet”.  And then it hit me.  “Taste and see the goodness of God”.  I HAVE coffee this morning.  Thank you, God.  Looking outside, I could see the light of the morning and the song of a robin… Thank you, God.  Later on, at one point I entered our kitchen and noticed immediately the “spotlight of sunshine” overtaking the centerpiece on our table… Thank you, God.  This was what God was calling me to and reminding me of this morning; to be grateful in the midst of this uncertainty.   I know we are smack dab in the middle of restrictions and struggles and stresses we have never before experienced, and yet God reminded me that God is God and always with us. 

Commuting up the stairs to my home office space I pulled out one of my “go to” books for reflection, opened it and was drawn in to this invitation of prayer and I’d like to share it with you; perhaps you might want to use on your own, or with your family. 

Praying with the Five Senses, adapted from Joyce Rupp, Out of the Ordinary
Smell, Taste, See, Hear, Touch
To understand the world knowledge is not enough;
you must see it, touch it, live in its presence and drink
the vital heat of existence in the very heart of reality.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Go for a walk.  Give yourself the gift of breathing.  Notice your breath; celebrate the fact that you are alive.  Be aware of breathing in life and breathing out what is not life-giving.  (and might I offer to say a quick prayer for those who are now struggling to breathe)
As you eat your meals today, savor every bite.  Take time to enjoy all the different flavors.  Chew slowly.  Be grateful for the gift of nourishment on all levels of your life.  (Pray for those who continue to serve us through curbside pick-up and for those not working due to this time of shutting down)
Find something in nature.  Look long at it.  Befriend it.  See all of its details (size, shape, color, texture, etc.) 
Sit very, very quietly.  Be still.  Listen to all the sounds surrounding you.  Listen to all the sounds that are within you and after, your time of listening note what you have heard. 
Spend time with your hands.  Touch the texture of your skin; notice the ridges, contours; feel the shape and size of your hands.  Close your eyes and touch your hands again.  Imagine God holding your hands.  (Be grateful for your hands and those that care for the loved ones we might be separated from at this time)
Sensual Life-giver, you have created me wonderfully.  Awaken me through my five senses.  Surprise me, entice me!  Draw me into gratitude and awe!  Thank you for these gifts of my body and for all they teach me about you.

Liz says:
March 26, 2020 06:34 PM CST
Thank you for the wonderful reflection!