Sometimes I feel like a deer-in-the-headlights when asked this. But it’s a really good question to practice answering.

Celtic Christians hold the belief that God is ever-present with Creation, so they cultivate an awareness of the Sacred in all times and places, with a refusal to compartmentalize life. Maybe that’s a good place to start looking for God – exactly in that part of your life you feel is the most non-spiritual.

This year, I have noticed God in death metal music. I have become quite familiar with bands like Slipknot, Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch. But actually, it’s not so much about the music as it is about the connection with my oldest son. He’s 14, and identifies proudly has a metal head.

Some of the most sacred moments for me in 2018 have been in the car, listening to him talk animatedly about the differences between New Metal, Deathcore, Death Metal, and probably 8 other sub-genres of guitar-mania.

If you remember being 14, or are the parent of a teen, you know conversations between teen and parent can be rare. And while our “conversation” about death metal is mostly loud music blaring in the car as we drive, it feels sacred.

In 2019, I encourage you to take a little time now and then to pick up the rocks of your life and examen what’s underneath them. In the most unlikely of places, God is there.

Peace be with you this New Year,

Rachael McClair
Co-Pastor Highlands Church North Denver