The First State
With a weekend at the First Unitarian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, a tour of the beautiful and history filled campus, and camping at Lums Pond State Park just southwest of the city, Austin and I had a well-rounded and peaceful week spent in this beautiful state.
Followed by the outside, the inside of this sanctuary has a strong architecture with overhanging balcony, pipe organ and strong lines. Yet even these were topped this Easter Sunday with the smell of lilies dedicated to the “love and remembrance from … members and friends” and accompanied by the exquisite sounds of the Wilmington String Ensemble.
On this day, Senior Minister the Rev. Dr. Joshua Snyder led the congregation in a deeper understanding of John 20:19-29 and presented his sermon titled, “Feeling for Nails.” A lesson for one and all with the wisdom of realizing that in this world, if one needs to search for proof then one is not truly acting in faith, but is acting in doubt. Doubt as a longstanding metaphor found in the commonly used nickname, “Doubting Thomas,” referring to the disciple Thomas and his gospels, and rejected by the assemblers of the King James Version of the Bible.
Examining reason vs. faith, Rev. Snyder spoke of those finding their certainty in the validity of science, stating that even found in the journals of Mother Teresa were writings of doubt of the absence of God. However, through her faith and her beliefs, she as many others have, found peace within herself by being action-oriented.
Must you feel the wounds to be Christian? Must you understand creation to have faith in the four points or the wind, the fire, the water or earth? Must you know lives past to find the freedom associated with nirvana? Must you know every man to find the humanism in the world? Instead, with this teaching, find the positive message to all, the message to not doubt, but to believe, have faith and to find your reason for your personal path and actions through God, science and reason, always finding faith even through doubt and uncertainty.
For more information on the First Unitarian Church, Wilmington: http://www.firstuuwilm.org/
To see a performance of the Wilmington String Ensemble: http://wilmingtonstringensemble.com/
Park, camping and fishing at Delaware’s largest State Park, Lums Pond: http://www.destateparks.com/park/lums-pond/
2 thoughts on “The First State”
May 11, 2013 at 11:29 am
Was thinking about you last Sunday as I visited a new church here in Liberty, KS and wondered how you were doing. The Easter service you attended sounds wonderful. Be safe and happy traveling.
May 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm
Thanks Ali, and to you in your new location!