Through the Kaleidoscope

Through the Kaleidoscope

O God, listen to my cry!

Hear my prayer!

From the ends of the earth,

I cry to you for help

when my heart is overwhelmed.

Lead me to the towering rock of safety.

Psam 61:1-2

“I wait quietly before God,

for my victory comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-3


        Bishop James E. Walsh on July 10, 1970, a frail and elderly man left the company of the Red Guards and walked across the bridge linking mainland China and the Island of Hong Kong. After twelve years in prison, Bishop James Walsh, the last foreign missionary in Communist China was on his way home.

    When asked why he had not left when the communists took over China he replied: “If we start to pick and choose for ourselves, it is very hard to tell if we are carrying our vocation or running away from it.”

    From time to time in the past twenty six years  someone will ask:”When do you think you will move on?” The reality is like Walsh we have known that if we choose for ourselves than “it is very hard to tell if we are carrying our vocation or running away from it.”  We stray put!

    As a result our life has a part of  a great kaleidoscope expanding in various hues and colors. We have encountered people of all walks of life, creeds, and races, allowing us to see God explode as a kaleidoscope of many religious beliefs,ways of living, and viewing life not as black and white, but many different colors from the darkness of evil to the whiteness of goodness.

    We are in a time of dark hues in that kaleidoscope, and as of Monday there were 233, 517 total cases in California, 6,022  cases in San Francisco, and 56 deaths in San Francisco from the cova-19 virus. These are numbers, from which when we look through and see  the people they encompass we see extreme suffering, and a recovery which appears to be debilitating.

    Darkness over shadows people fearing losing their housing, and people on the street who have little access to food and support. Our soup kitchens are centered in the main part of town, so many are scattered throughout the City, with little food.

    Light comes into play as we witness people from the various religions, the various reflections of the kaleidoscope of God walking on the street, volunteering where they can in service to those in need.

    It has been along time since we have viewed God as a God of judgment, a God who counts all of our “sins”; it has been along time since we have seen “Jesus as the Way! For God created all of us human beings in this great kaleidoscope where the only thing that God calls for us to have in common is to love one another, and in so doing love him.

    Our friend and past professor at Knox Theological Seminary, Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh gave an example of the final judgment which reflects this great Kaleidoscope

    The final judgment will be like a great therapy session where we will all be gathered and for ever how long it takes God will work with us until we can all come out loving each other, leaving behind all of the luggage we have carried throughout out lives.

    We are all a part of a great Kaleidoscope-let us lift our eyes and enjoy the beauty!

Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!


Father River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O.Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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