The Sermon on I-95

This week, while on a long ride home from a speaking engagement, a friend asked me: How do you know that there is a God, and how do you know that he loves you? I took a moment to let his question sink in and to gather my thoughts. Just exactly how do I know that there is a God? How do I know that I am loved? The headlights from the oncoming cars flashed by as I tried to put into words something that I truly only know in my bones.

“I don’t make the earth revolve around the sun, I didn’t make the many beautiful places on this planet, and I sure as hell didn’t make people choose to be kind when there’s nothing in it for them. So there is something out there far bigger than me, far better than me. I choose to call that something God. And there have been so many times in my life when things were awful and painful, or when I was feeling very small and mean, and something or someone came along and demonstrated some kindness, some decency. I see those as blessings, as Grace, as the love of God. I don’t know if this is any help to you, I just feel like an ant or perhaps a microscopic organism trying to describe an elephant.”

The words I came up with are neither great nor beautiful. They don’t convey anything near the depth or breadth of my knowing, but they were honest, ernest, and what came to me. My friend smiled and thanked me. He said it helped.

I felt blessed.



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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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2 Responses to The Sermon on I-95

  1. Susan says:

    doesn’t need to be Shakespeare – but it says all it needs to – thanks for this – great explanation.

  2. Mark Servatius says:

    A sincere statement of belief. Eloquent in its simplicity.

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