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“We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” – Richard Rohr


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Acts 17:24-25

“The God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything. Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.


Take a deep breath.

Breathe in deeply – and then slowly exhale.

Feel the Love of the universe energizing and embracing you.

It is the very name of God: Yahweh.

Breathe in: Yahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Exhale: wehhhhhhhhhhhh.

Meditate by simply focusing on your breathing.

Be present to the Divine Presence.

As Paul put it: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

That is how close we are to the Love that made us.

You don’t have to do anything to be worthy of or to merit this Love.

You only have to fall into it, awaken to it.

It is everywhere and nowhere.

The entire universe is being wooed, drawn lovingly to an “Omega Point” as Teilhard de Chardin put it, when all will be One.

It is all sacred.

Thomas Merton got a mystical glimpse of this when, at a corner in downtown Louisville, he saw all people walking around shining like the sun.

Sadly, he knew that most people did not see it.

“If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed…But this cannot be seen, only believed and ‘understood’ by a peculiar gift” (Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander).

My friend, it is true!

Do you believe it?


Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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