God-incidence OR Co-incidence


As I was examining my thoughts, words and deeds in preparation for this Lenten season, I continued having one-sided conversations with God regarding my “time to clean the soul” with many a grumblings.

According to those who celebrate Passover, they too find themselves kvetching and groaning over preparations. In some ways, this is exactly how one is supposed to feel at this time of year. There is much to consider in taking responsibility for yourself, the community, and the world. 

For Christians, Lenten season is a time for fasting, praying and reconciling with the Lord and a time to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Christ. I confess, my stumbling stone is fasting as my thoughts keep drifting to the aroma of cabbage, beets and cucumber salads, Pascha breads, paprikash, kielbasi, sausages and kraut. 

I forge ahead spring cleaning throughout my house thinking about the many symbols of the Lenten celebrations. As I dust the candles and icons, I celebrate Christ as the “joyful light” asking for God's guidance and spiritual illumination. I thought of all the angels and saints who stand with us as I find myself humming “Let my prayer ascend to you like incense..”

It can take a lifetime to come to appreciate all the levels of symbolism. It is in delighting our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, that they provide us with an experience of the divine which complements the message of our prayers and hymns.

Spring cleaning was completed not only in my home, but within my soul as well. It was an Easter Sunday morning, I reached for my bar of hand soap when I noticed something was etched on the flat side of the bar which rests on the groves of the soap dish. Thinking logically and realistically, I concluded perhaps the soap had dried and just happened to crack in the manner in which it did.

However odd, the groves in the dish ran horizontal to the vertical markings on the soap. Perhaps in today's busy world, God finds the simplest of ways to communicate with us ~ God-incidence or co-incidence, I'll let you decide.

~ A Most Blessed Lenten and Spring Season ~

Susan Banks - Yurik

I am a Parma resident. Attended Thoreau Park Elementary,  Pleasant Valley Jr. High, Valley Forge Senior High, Parma Senior High, and Tri-C. I am retired;  have been published in Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and Angels On Earth. I also create Iconographic style drawings ~ Prama Artspace Gallery. My son was a Navy Nuke, my daughter was Miss Parma, and runner up to Miss Ohio. Three generations of our family attended Thoreau Park Elementary School, Schaaf Jr. High School and Parma High School. I love living in Parma, and I especially enjoy the city's unique European ethnicity. Visit my blog at angelssignsmiracles.blogspot.com ~ Nani's Got The Tea ~ or drop me a note at galpublished@gmail.com. Blessings.

Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 12:00 PM, 04.02.2021