Liturgical Environment

Not hiding in the rocks

God sends us signs all the time, we just have to be open to them. They may be big to grab our attention, or they may be little and put such a gentle grin on our faces that others wonder, “What are you smiling about?”

“Oh,” you might say, “just a little something between God and me”.

Psalm 104 tells us about God’s glory, reflected through the evolution of the earth and all its wonders. We hear how God rides the clouds and walks on the wings of the wind. How the ocean waters once stood higher than the mountains, until God spoke and the waters fled, settling into valleys so the mountains could rise tall.

Then came things we experience and live among every day: Birds of heaven singing their song as they rest on tree branches. Plants growing to serve our needs: bread from the earth and wine too, to cheer our hearts. Goats homestead on mountains and rabbits hide in rocks. The sun knows when to mark the day for us, and the moon the month. With the rising of the sun the animals rest, and we humans go off to work.

"Oh God, I will sing your praises all my days ... May I please you, in whom I find my joy".

Repetition of the Psalms, as happens with Liturgy of the Hours, imprints them on our hearts. One day though, surprise! You see them with new eyes because you are a new person today, similar but different than you were yesterday.

During a recent walk I noticed a rabbit along the path, not hiding in the rocks. It noticed me too so I asked it to hold still. As you can see the rabbit complied, so I now have a photograph reminding me of Psalm 104 -- and a gentle grin on my face.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3