Holy Encounters

By Amy Moehnke

Earlier this week, I saw two St. David’s staff people enjoying lunch together in Holy Grounds (our coffee, book, gift shop). Both were women; one was on the younger side, one was on the older side. I don’t know what they were talking about, but it seemed to me to be a “holy encounter,” simply because two very busy people chose to stop and take time to engage in more than just passing chit chat. I find myself noticing these kinds of encounters often around St. David’s, sometimes in Holy Grounds, sometimes outside of the worship spaces, sometimes in the hallways. I find myself noticing them and appreciating them for the value they have and, at the same time, I am hesitant to give myself over to such moments. I feel too busy. I feel too overwhelmed. I feel too focused on what I need to accomplish in my day. I suspect I’m not alone in feeling this way!

The truth is that many of us have too much to do and too little time to do it. But my prayer for all of us is that once in a while, we might be willing to let God interrupt our busy-ness through real, intentional contact with another person. In doing this, we just might receive some unexpected grace or necessary mercy that we weren’t even aware we needed.

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