Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
From The Rector

The Rev.
Tim Backus

Nature Called...They want their people back

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 

The above headline is related to a commercial I experienced about 10 years ago that grabbed my attention in mind, body and spirit. The picture above is from my recent family vacation to the mountains of North Carolina. The commercial, though I was unable to locate, showed various clips of national parks with no people walking around; making the point that nature is saying to humanity, ‘Come back. You need me.’ God often says the same. 

In the daily grind of our busy lives, we may lose perspective of those things that are most precious to us. We may find ourselves spiraling, filling our souls with the treasures of the world; accidentally setting aside the treasures of God. We may find our comfort in fulfilling duties and accomplishing tasks, which may in turn lead us into a place of discomfort to experience and embrace the presence of the Spirit. 

In today’s day of technology and constant communication, separating one’s self from the demands of the world and working environment can be quite challenging. Separating from constant contact can become not only difficult, it can become almost unrecognizable. At times, the best thing we can do to regain our center is to leave behind the demands of the world; to remove ourselves from those needs placed upon us and re-enter into our need of God. 

On this day, may we take a moment to breathe in the Spirit of the Lord, and exhale the clutter straining us from the freedom that we have in Christ. 

With the love of Christ,