Truly the Kingdom of God is among us, within us. And Saint Paul reminds us, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4
How do we dare to rejoice amidst all the crumbling and brokenness and pain? We dare to, because Jesus is with us, always near. He is our only reason to rejoice and hope.
Photograph of Abbey glass by Brother Daniel.