Stephen Bedard (Ontario, Canada)
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Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:3 (NIV)
Although I was raised in church, I became an atheist as a teenager and did not regain faith in God until near the end of my university studies. However, while I came to believe that God existed and that Christianity was true, my skepticism did not disappear. If anything, as...
“As the curator of The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, it is my task to highlight art and draw the viewer into the work itself. On clear days, the art is outside The Upper Room Chapel: gorgeous pink blossom clouds of the Japanese Magnolia trees. The blossoms don’t last very long. If you are in the Nashville area, take a few minutes to stop by and enjoy them. ‘We recognize God’s presence in the world around us,’ the author of The Mystic in You says. ‘Sometimes it comes because of our intentional spiritual practices. Other times, it comes when we least expect it and do not feel as though we deserve it. … Geese flying overhead and a dog running in its sleep become windows into eternity when we pause, notice and open to the wonder of all being.’ Sometimes it is in a pink cloud of blossoms.”