There are so many “invisible” people all around us. Those who we walk by and never see. In the park early one morning I saw this woman. She’s the one who waters the plants in the park; a “person in the background”. And she’s loved by God as his own.
In the same train of thought, I found this video of a “flash mob”. In a food court at a mall, filled with normal average “background people”, suddenly we see the amazing beautiful celestial beings they really are.
People are turned into objects by the world. We see it all the time in movies, news, TV. People are shown as caricatures of what they really are, turning them into nothing but “things”.
People are so much more than this. We are made in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:27)
Looking around us, we see all kinds of angry upset people; in the checkout line, in their cars, protesters screaming in rage at each other. We need to look more deeply into their faces. What hell has their life become that we know nothing of.
I recently found a video on YouTube from a couple of young kids, singing about this very thing. They urge us to notice people, the real people, all around us. The video brings tears to my eyes everytime!
Walking in a local park, I noticed, hidden in the back along a stone wall, a “Historical Archive”. These carvings go back probably a hundred years. I wonder how their lives turned out. Where is “Aaron”, “SD”, and “Jenz” today?
Monastic life is mostly two things, Prayer and work. We gather in the church and chant the Psalms 7 times a day, and in between, do simple manual labor. The labor is really just another kind of prayer.