I’m reflecting today on the presence of God who sometimes seems so near, far away as the moon, or gone altogether. I’ve written a short poem, and sharing other poems, scripture and writings that speak to the many ways God shows up in our lives.
In secret places I find you, between blades of grass
and on craggy mountaintops,
in heartache and the twinkling of an eye.
I find you on faces on skin like rice paper,
entwined between legs of sleeping elders.
You rise above oaks dropping acorns wet with crystal drops from above.
Sometimes it’s quiet in the forest, not a leaf
rustling, nor a bird’s call. For you, commander of earth and heaven,
call us near,
your thundering silences
quickening the beating
of our hearts.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
-from St. Patrick’s Breastplate, Cecil F. Alexander
My Beloved is the mountains,
The solitary wooded valleys,
The strange islands,
The roaring torrents,
The whisper of the amorous gales;
The tranquil night
At the approaches of the dawn,
The silent music,
The murmuring solitude,
The supper which revives, and enkindles love. – Soul St John of the Cross
Why should I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four,
..and each moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my
..own face in the glass,
I find letters dropped in the street, and every one
..is signed by God’s name,
And I leave them where they are, for I know that
..wheresoe’er I go
Others will punctually come forever and forever. -Walt Whitman
I sought to hear the voice of God
And climbed the topmost steeple,
But God declared: “Go down again —
I dwell among the people. -John Henry Newman
The finger of God touches your life
when you make a friend. -Mary Dawson Hughes
LETTER FROM CAMP
Dear Mom and Dad
and Bill and Glad:
Caught a fish.
Camp’s a wow!
Sleeping out is grand.
Food is full of sand.
Fire at night.
Moon is bright.
I’m all right.
God’s at hand.
Have to run.
Your son … Brad.
Scripture speaks of Christ so near, right at the door in fact:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
And within us..
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
And from the beginning:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
and of course, our old favorites:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
but only he who sees takes off his shoes. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. – William Blake
Do you have a poem, scripture or quote you’d like share reflecting God’s presence?
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