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Finding God In The Simple Things
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Finding God In The Simple Things

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By Deacon Daniel Malyon

“Do not love the world or the things in the world, the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” [1 John 2:15,17]
Finding God In The Simple Things

Finding God | In Epistle

The modern world is complex, our lives have become more and more complex, with our attentions being drawn in numerous directions as more information becomes available at our fingertips. It is easy to get drawn up in this, and I would be a hypocrite to say that I am not also a victim of this. However, let us not pretend that this is the normal course of things or the way in which we are called to live as per the Christian faith passed down to us through the Apostles and Church today.

We are even warned of this at every liturgy where we are told in the words of St John’s Epistle, “Do not love the world or the things in the world, the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15,17). In this we are reminded that those attachments, addictions, and things we place ahead of our prayer lives are things which will pass away, and only our faith and a life in faith will keep us with God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” [Psalm 19:1-2]
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Finding God | In Creation

However, this does not mean that we are not able to partake in the world, for utter rejection of the physical world as evil would be akin to the heresy of the Gnostics, with the belief that the physical world is by its nature unholy and antichrist.

In fact, we called to find God in the world, whether this be through our neighbors or through the wonders of creation. Psalm 19 reminds us of this clearly I its first verses, stating, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2) This wonder of creation is there for a purpose, and for the same purpose as us, to honor and glorify the Lord God and to share in his ministry through the nature of our very existence and actions in the world.

“Pray for the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the rising of the waters of the rivers, the seeds, the herbs and the plants of the field, that Christ our God may bless them, bring them to perfection in peace without harm, and forgive us our sins.”
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Finding God | In Prayers

This verse recently came to mind when I was on a walk at a nearby lake. The area is a beauty spot filled with geese, ducks and swans. Having lived until recently in the city it was a stark reminder that the world is not grey and computerized but colorful and organic.

As I walked around the lake and took the chance to stop and listen to the sounds of nature, I was reminded of the words of the Liturgy, when during the seven short prayers we ask the congregation to, “Pray for the air of heaven, the fruits of the earth, the rising of the waters of the rivers, the seeds, the herbs and the plants of the field, that Christ our God may bless them, bring them to perfection in peace without harm, and forgive us our sins.”

In this prayer alone we are reminded of this unique connection between this world around us and the love of God, a wonderous cycle of creation provided for us and sustained through God to allow us to grow to an understanding of him, fruition ourselves and serve him fully.

Finding God | In Reality

In a similar way we should reflect on our own lives and the extent to which a dependence on stimulation through media become dependence on media for all our interactions and experience of the world.

Though this is difficult to do in the current world, with the ongoing global situation, we should perhaps take a step back occasionally and look to how we can find solace in creation itself as opposed to creating personal and often imagined realities which take us out of the world which God created for us. Such things that only tend to serve the purpose of inflating the ego or one’s self importance are damaging to us, taking us into worlds and echo chambers where we avoid having to confront challenge or reality which is often placed to develop our patience and humility.

“count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” [James 1:2-3]
Finding God In The Simple Things

Finding God | In Trials

As St James’s Epistle reminds us, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3), if we do not face such trials, and instead retreat to these imagined realities and depend upon them, how can we accept the name of one who follows Christ?

In a similar way, what greater and more humbling example is there of God’s authority than that very creation that he has placed around us? What better example is there of his providence than the plethora of evidence for him in his creation which sustains us in all things? In this is the remembrance that the greatest joy we can have is the recognition of God’s authority and omnipotence, taking comfort in his works.

Finding God | In Him

Therefore, we should take comfort in his creation instead of our own, taking time away from our own created world to find God in his, and embracing his providence for us in all things. In all struggles we seek God, all we need to do is step away from our own creations to find him in his.

By: Deacon Daniel Malyon | A Deacon of St Paul’s Ministry and St Mary & Pope Kyrillos VI Church. United Kingdom ~ Coptic Diocese of London.

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Deacon Daniel is a consecrated deacon of the Coptic Diocese of London, serving at the St Paul's Ministry and St Mary & Pope Kyrillos VI Church. He also works as a philosophy teacher and chaplain at a secondary school in East London.

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