Image by Аркадий Макаров from Pixabay
“We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” – Richard Rohr
Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE.
Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
When I say the word God, there are probably as many meanings attached to it as there are people hearing me.
Perhaps this is why religious Jews did not say the name.
To think that a three-letter word could capture the meaning of the ineffable is absurd.
The mystics throughout history comprehended God as being outside space and time but also in it.
God is indeed everywhere.
Ignatian spirituality stemming from St. Ignatius finds God in all things.
God is described as Love itself in Christian scripture (1 John 4:8).
St. Paul says that in God “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
So, today’s scripture speaks a mysterious truth.
Where can I go to escape the presence of the Divine Presence?
If I am catapulted in a space ship to distant galaxies or if I descend to the netherworld, Sheol in ancient times, the Divine Presence is there.
And so all things are sacred, and all things obviously include you and me.
When I am present to the Divine Presence, I am in the flow of the Love that is animating all things in this Eternal Now.
A meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is a great exercise in immersing yourself in this All-Encompassing Sacredness.
When we live from this Presence, we experience and help create what Jesus called the kingdom of heaven in the here and now.
Peace and joy will bloom
Listen to the song of the day “Slow Me Down” on the Mercy Reigns 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!