A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

“He puts poor people on their feet again, he rekindles burned out lives with fresh hope. Restoring dignity and respect to their lives–a place in the sun. I Samuel 2:8a


    I have been ill this week, began running a fever early Sunday morning. I was overwhelmed with fear. The virus is not an easy way to die, it is brutal in the pain, and the dehumanization of the body. Very brutal. If I get the virus I will die, I know that. I simply have a bad cold. I turned my phones off, and have simply read and watched T.V., but the fear and the loneliness continued.

    And in the wrestling with this fear I have found that God “rekindles my  burned out life with fresh hope,” and will  give me a place in the sun.  For Jesus in his compassion warns his disciples that they’re about to find themselves immersed in pain in following him: baffled and heartbroken, in anguish, dramatically out of step with a world that moves on, not giving a damn. But Jesus knows how the story ends: not in anguish, but in joy–a swamping joy no one can take away. In the end we only need to be in step with him.

    We celebrated the Ascension yesterday, which is a mythological expression of Jesus moving into God’s presence and returning in the Holy Spirit–spreading out his love in the world, reminding us that there is “nothing in life nor death that can separate us from the love of God.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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