Posts Tagged ‘God’s presence’

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Be Still …

September 19, 2008

I’m reminded of God’s presence and stillness today … and peace.  It’s not of our natural world and although I don’t understand it I do know it.

I have been overwhelmed but greatly comforted by that presence in the midst of worry, exhaustion, distress and confusion while watching the broken body of a parent die as her soul is set free. I’ve welcomed it in the aftermath of broken relationships and in the building of new ones. It’s been there in the numbness when realising some people weren’t what I thought. I’ve responded to its prompting in accepting I was loved. That same presence is there as I’ve talked to patients whose physical and emotional scars were a bit too much for me and I’ve sensed the presence in the joy of people believing and hoping tomorrow will be better. In the selfless and tireless efforts of people who want to make a difference it’s there … because they are there.

I’m remembering a few people today and hope that in their seeking to find some answers they will be able to find some peace and hope too.

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the stranger in God’s house

March 31, 2008

She is a stranger in this place and immediately struck by its beauty and splendour.   The spring sunshine streams through the stained glass but she shivers. There is little heat.

The stranger sips hot chocolate as a crowd gathers. Here for the event, they recognise one another and talk amongst themselves. Some are guided to her table and she remains seated, wondering who will speak. No-one does.

She is not offended as some strangers might be but smiles as she remembers her experience in another place. She withdraws from the table. No-one notices.

Invisible in God’s house.

Her mobile rings and soon she’s engaged in conversation with a good friend.  Perfect timing.   

The event begins but she does not participate. Instead the stranger sits quietly at the back listening to the chatter and laughter, welcoming the quietness when it comes. They are at work.

She waits … then senses God’s presence beside her. Peace.

Some say they welcomed her, some say they spoke to her, some say they never saw her.

How many times do we fail to notice?