A Way of Light and Life


Resin Meditation–September 7, 2019

Windsor Hotel

7:00 p.m.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Day of the Lord

“5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[a] you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children[b] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.,. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Habit is powerful–some times healthy and at other times unhealthy. It saves a great deal of energy that would otherwise go into dozens of small decisions. For example I do not have to decide what side of the bed I am going to sleep on if I sleep on the right side every night or shave, if I choose to grow a beard; A habit can build a life of virtue, and give us peace and joy or habits can make us blind to possibilities and limit our growth.

We all fall somewhere in between, and move from one side to another. Resin was like all of us–in his life he found the force of habit to sometimes made him blind to the possibilities of  a better way of living, they often dug a deep ditch for his life.  He was often set in the grooves of those habits. The voice of habit is really strong.

But Resin with deep intention often focused his mind, heart, and will, and desire on the good that we seek–reinforced by conversation, companionship, and prayer, and in so doing he reflected care, concern, and love for his friends, and for others on the street. Resin was a mixture, like all of us, embraced the grace of God.

The mystic Meister Eckhart wrote: “God laughs and plays,” and as he ventured out of the grooves and ditches of his life, Resin laughed and played with all he came into contact with.

Today we are saddened by Resin’s death, but let us rejoice that he has ventured out of the grooves and ditches under the guidance of the Spirit into a complete “new morning.” 

Let us pray:

For this day now ending, we thank you God of life. Filled with hope we ask that your All-powerful Word would free from death Resin, and free all of us from the fear of death, and shed on us forever the light of your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.


This past week as we have had a service for one, and now prepare for Resin’s service; and  listened to another who participated in a violent act, we are reminded:

“Life is short,

We do not have much time to gladden the hearts

of those who travel the way with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–will bless you and be with you always.”

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.



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