Friday, August 15, 2008

God's Presence - Where is it found?

In the beginning there is darkness. God was already there defining light.

Before we came to be present

Before we ever existed,
God is the I am. He is Presence.

God is Infinite. God's Presence is forever.
Created in the Image and Likeness of God,
By way of God's Divine plan for all time and forever,
we too are already present.

Where is God's Presence to be found?
God is the essence of good in all things created.
In the essence of you and me - God is present.

Do we recognize and acknowledge this presence at all times?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

This word presence - what does it mean?

The first time the word presence, made an impact in my memory, was in my father.

As he neared his death in a bed in a hospital room - a little over a year ago - I remember this word: presence.

He was the person who first brought some meaning of this word to life (you might say), when I was but a young child many years ago. One day, as my father extended an act of kindness to a stranger on the street, I remember seeing the face of Light as a reflection on his face, and this to my childlike mind was like a vision of the presence of God revealed. Now, many years later in the final days of his life, I find myself in his presence once again as I sit with him in his room, and as his health and voice slowly starting to vanish from him, the word presence is mentioned by him this time, as he points his hand towards the heavens above.

The attempt in my diminutive way to challenge a search or true meaning of this word: presence,
will be a simple form of trying to honor the memory of the man who brought great light into my own life by his own living of this word - my father.


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