What in God’s name is going on here?

Is there anyone among us who have not asked that question – at least to ourselves?  It usually means we have encountered a situation we have not expected. And it is often said with a note of judgment

But it is a very useful question for Christians.  It is a question that can help keep us from judgment and tune us into the presence of God in the world and in situations around us.

What if we looked around our church and asked “What in God’s name is going on here?” Might we see the ministries, the acts of love, caring and compassion that are being done in the name of God?  Or might we be inspired to begin a new ministry or to add our time and energies to an exiting ministry that is being done in God’s name.

Look at our communities and asking the same question might also allow us to see what is being done and also what needs to be done in God’s name, followed by looking at the resources we would need to get it done .

Finally we can look at our own lives, the use of our time, energies and personal resources and ask “what in God’s name what am I doing?”


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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