Flea market Aug. 23

St. Stephen’s will hold a flea market this Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 to 2. Proceeds benefit St. Stephen’s and the no-kill, cageless animal shelter in Wilkinsburg.

Spaces are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and refreshments will be on sale! For more information, call 412-664-9379.

Menu for Flea Market

To share

To know God is a shared experience. Each of us is both gifted and limited, and to share our experience, strength and hope we come to know God. I would like to share with you.

“A human’s best chance of finding God is to look in the very place where they abandoned God.” —Meister Eckhart

I abandoned God (or thought I did) as a sophomore in college. I had already found a path, a vocation of helping the “lost children” of this world. I was one of them, reaching out to them. All that I learned in church and Sunday school was “nice” but now I had seen “the real world” (or thought I had).

I began working in  industrial relations because I sought to help the working man. It took me several years to realize the company I worked for couldn’t care less for the working man or woman. It was about the same time that my mother’s alcoholism had led to a progressive condition quite like Alzheimer’s and a hope that I might one day relate to her as a normal son to a normal mom was dashed.

I was in many ways powerless, and it’s awful to be that way if you have no higher power. I was not too proud and in a matter of a month or so I actually got down on my knees and prayed. To my surprise and joy, God answered that prayer. In a few years, Pat and our kids were headed to seminary at Nashotah House.

Eckhart’s insight certainly reflects my experience. We are far more likely to find God where we abandoned Him than on some mountaintop of hope and good behavior. God seeks to show us His love, not to seek our praise and good behavior. How better to do that than by reaching out in our place of need and despair?

—The Rev. David Elts

Grow down?

Seeing little children in church on Easter morning was a great joy to me. Such children are the “dwelling place of God.” We too were, but we allowed our minds to overrule our souls and our brains and to speak louder than our hearts.

We do not, or perhaps we should not seek God in heaven but to find heaven in our midst. That is the real meaning  of the “Real Presence” of the Eucharist. It does not happen  just at the communion rail. That is simply a reminder.

And, since small children know it best (again, without compartmentalizing it in their brains), we must become as little children to recover. We need not, should not climb mountains (look at what just happened at Mt. Everest). We need to find that small boy or girl within us as Jesus taught us to do.

Dare we simply love one another as Jesus loves us? Dare we?

—The Rev. David Elts