“Love is the physical structure of the universe.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. God is good to all and compassionate toward all of creation.
Is this your image of God: gracious; merciful; slow to anger; abounding in mercy?
Your image of God might depend on what you were taught.
It might also depend on what type of people your parents were – especially your father since many view God as male.
But God cannot be defined by any words that we can apply in the human language and is certainly beyond gender.
How could we define the ineffable?
We can only speak of God in metaphors as in: God is like this or that.
One scripture verse depicts God as love itself (1 John 4:8).
St. Paul said that in God we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Love itself would be more of a verb than a noun.
And according to St. Paul’s description, God is Beingness itself!
If we would simply live from this place of the beingness-of-love, this place of spacious compassion and mercy, then we would be at peace even amid the storms of life.
Jesus said this experience is always available.
He said the kingdom of heaven is within you (Luke 17:21).
The key is to escape the domination of your addictive thoughts and the control of your mind.
Step back from your thoughts.
Let them dwindle and diminish.
A meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is very helpful.
Let go of all the fearful and painful stories that have controlled your life.
What are the fearful stories that you have been telling yourself?
Let them go! They are fictions!
Be present to a deeper place within of peace and love.
Experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.
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Remember: God loves you!