Mother Nancy's Reflection 2-16-2020
February 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Bishop Addison Hosea was famous for his class, The Bishop's School of Religion. Every Lent he taught it somewhere. I think I attended it in three different congregations. He was an excellent teacher and some of the lessons come back to me at odd moments.

He often spoke about prayer being a dialogue with God. He would say there was nothing too small to ask God. He said women should ask God what shade of lipstick looked best. Men could ask which tie to wear. I remember asking him if we should pray for parking spaces. He said, "Yes, of course."

Now, I am quite sure I never consulted God about lipstick but there were times I prayed for a parking space. Often one would be provided but, of course, there is no way to prove God put it there for me. Last Tuesday night I was headed into Rupp for a game. It was raining hard and predicted to continue through the night. I decided to pay the parking for the lot off High street. As I slowly followed the traffic, I remembered what the Bishop said. Sure enough, close to Rupp, I saw a car pull out. I grabbed the spot.

Now, I don't know if it was God's way of reminding me of a kindly Bishop and excellent teacher or just a gentle nudge to say, "See, I am with you always." Either way, God managed to catch and hold my attention for many days. And that really is what God wants, to know from time to time we are paying attention. God is as close as our breath. Like our breath, God often goes unnoticed. Be mindful of breath and rain and parking places. God will use the mundane to call us.

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