April 9

Reflection

In this life I will never get closer to God than I am now. God loves me totally now. God will not love me any more in ten years time no matter what great things I might do. God’s love will not change. What can change is my awareness of God’s presence within me and love for me. The difference between myself and the greatest of the saints is not that any one of them was closer to God in life …the difference is their sensitive awareness of God’s loving presence.
Michael Morwood,God Is Near

 Prayer

Help me to know You are near.

 Action

I will take time each day to pause and think of God’s presence in my life and God’s abiding love for me.

 Suggested Reading

Don’t you realize that you are God’s temple and the Spirit of God is living among you?
1 Cor: 3-16

We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love toward ourselves.  God is love and if you live in love, you live in God and God lives in you.
1 John:4-16

 Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?
Sylvia Plath

 But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent van Gogh

 When I saw others straining toward God, I did not understand it, for though I may have had God less than they did, there was no one blocking the way between God and me, and I could reach God’s heart easily. It is up to God, after all, to have us, our part consists of almost solely in letting God grasp us.
Rainer Maria Rilke

 God enters by a private door into each individual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.
Augustine

 There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
Blaise Pascal

 Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.
Author Unknown

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