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Encircling Love

Encircling Love

Encircling Love 2550 1700 Nicole

Last Sunday, sometime after the service, Dan texted, “This was just another awesome day in God’s Country – I finished planting yesterday.” I was just taken by the brilliance, the evidence of God’s love – through Dan’s joy, by the gorgeous sunset, the hope in planting seed, the promise of new life. It’s evident everywhere if we have eyes to see.

The people of Athens sensed it too, and Paul had eyes to notice. He explained that the one whom they designated as “unknown” was One they could know: because The unknown god, “does not live in shrines made by human hands…” Acts 17:24

In fact, this unknown God doesn’t need anything from us because God is the one who gives us our very breath. (v25)

God designated the times, gave us enough space, so we’d search, find God – though God is always near. Through time, across cultures, we find God, are finding God together.

It is not a one-person show. It is not a one-denomination’s show. It is not for a single entity to decide who God is because it takes millennia and worlds of discovery to even begin to know this God. Still, this God is not unknown, unknowable. Just unfathomable.

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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO, MI).

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