If we are attentive and open, the Spirit, living and active within us, will become a conscious awareness in the midst of life’s demands. We are not alone; we have a God who lives in and with us. Life without searching for God’s presence, either consciously or unconsciously, leads us to live a life that is neither complete nor at peace. Our attunement to the presence of God uncovers and exposes our own contradictions as well as our blessings. This becomes for us a dynamic and powerful awareness that is God’s truth penetrating our minds and hearts.
O God, help me to be attuned to Your Presence.
What is in the way of my spending quality time in awareness of God’s presence? How can I be changed so I can learn and develop fully?
Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from God,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of God.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children.
The Spirit filters through what I want and shows me who I am.
E’yen A. Gardner
We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.
John R.W. Stott
The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by that truth.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.