“God’s Dwelling Place”

The home of God is among mortals.

God will dwell with them;

they will be God’s peoples,

and God himself will be with them!

(Revelation 21:3)

We often encounter God in beautiful places. Last week, I hiked to Waipoo Falls in Waimea Canyon—and God certainly seemed to be in that place. In fact, every time I drive up into the Canyon towards Kokee, I feel Gods’ presence. When the waterfall is full and a rainbow appears, I feel God’s presence all the more! However, I know that God is just as present in our church sanctuary, in my living room, and in my office and art studio. Wherever I may go, God is present there in love, for the Scriptures teach us that God is in Jesus, and Jesus is in God, and they are in us. We carry God with us—and therefore, we carry God’s love wherever we go!

Since we celebrated All Saints Day on Sunday, I reminded the congregation that God is in all places and all people. I also reminded us all that the saints who have gone before us are also with us all, for we carry them with us in spirit and in memory. The key to a deep and vital spiritual life is to be aware of these things.

I also reminded us that we are the saints of today, and how we live our lives makes a difference in the lives of our loved ones and of future generations—for our spirits and our memories will live on in the lives of those younger than us and those yet to be born.

During this week in which we celebrate the saints, let us give thanks that our connection to them all—past, present and future—remains.

Aloha nui loa!
Kahu Alan Akana

“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by Koloa Union Church, an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

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Kahu Akana is also an accomplished artist! He specializes in creating vibrant watercolors of the flowers of Hawaii and hosts a Sunday afternoon reception in a gallery at his home, the Smith Memorial Parsonage. He also meets visitors by appointment. Most of the profit from the sales go for the maintenance and upkeep of the parsonage. To see a video about his art and gallery, click HERE. To see the gallery website, click HERE.