April 23

Reflection

There is one divine source, whom many of us call God, with as many images and names that humanity can handle, with a love large enough to encompass everything that has been or will be created, and with enough avenues and paths to accommodate us all. The more multifaceted our awareness, the better we understand that we simply cannot understand it, but can embrace it anyway. The Divine is everywhere, within us and around us, revealing to us through ordinary things the ubiquity of God.
Miriam Therese Winter

Prayer

Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Psalm 139:7

Action

What is your image of God?  How does it fit with what we now know about the cosmos? Try to practice seeing God’s presence everywhere.

Suggested Reading

God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in them.
John 4:16

You shall seek me, and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.
 Jeremiah 29:13

God, Who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet God seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know God well, we do not realize that God may be more present to us when God is absent than when God is present.
Thomas Merton

A sense of awe is the beginning of wisdom.
Abraham Heschel

See God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God!
Meister Eckhart O.P.

Understand the creation if you wish to know the Creator….For those who wish to know the great deep must first review the natural world.
 St. Columbanus 

I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am.
Ernest Holmes

Virtually every spiritual tradition teaches that your higher self is the presence of God within you.
Wayne Dyer

For when one considers the universe, can anyone be so simple-minded as not to believe that the Divine is present in everything, pervading, embracing and penetrating it?
Martin Luther

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.
C.S. Lewis

Sometimes we are simply “blown away” and in awe by finding ourselves in the presence of God. Other times, however, even when we are participating in acts of kindness-complimenting others, writing a check to charity, donating time to a good cause-we are oblivious to the miracle of what is happening at that moment.
Harold S. Kushner

We cannot attain the presence of God. We’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s missing is awareness.
David Brenner

 

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