I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when feeling it not.
I believe in God even when he is silent.
This was an inscription found on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where several people of the Jewish faith hid from the Nazis during World War II.
How do you react on a cloudy day?
There are days that the visible world tempts to overcome our beliefs in things we can’t see. We know, with our logical minds, that there is a star we call the sun, and it brings warmth to our world – warmth that provides life-giving chemistry to plants, and to us! We know that our bodies crave vitamins which can be found in exposure to sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many people, and often the cure is sitting under a light which mimics the sun.
I can’t reach out and touch Love, but yet I can reach out and touch something I love. Do I feel love everyday? Feelings are reactions to events – if there is no event which makes me feel love, does that mean love no longer exists? Responses are our actions based on thoughtfulness. Is love gone forever, or has a fleeting, painful moment tempted our hearts to break?
Some days are harder than others, and some days we really need to feel the presence of our God, to hear from our God, to know that God is present in our lives. It’s not unusual for people to pray to God for this very thing: God be with me during this time. Let me feel your presence. I know – I believe – that you are my God. Amen.