We cannot attain the presence of God because we’ re already in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness. Little do we realize that God ‘s love is maintaining us in existence with every breath we take. As we take another, it means that God is choosing us now and now and now. —Richard Rohr
An elderly couple came to the door and handed my father a pamphlet.
“Are you seeking the kingdom?”
My father replies, “You don’t have to seek it. I know where it is. Right here. Right now.”
“We are talking about the kingdom of GOD?” pressing the pamphlet forward into his hands.
“Yes, you don’t have to seek the kingdom. It’s here. You just need to pay attention.”
At those words, the evangelists turned and left.
Moments before this visit, Dad was reading W.H. Auden’s poem, For the Time Being. “And because of His visitation, we may no longer desire God as if he were lacking. Our redemption is no longer a question of pursuit, but of surrender to Him who is always and everywhere present.”
What makes the paper whites bloom
on this cold morning? Opening
up like lace droplets
on the dormant garden?
Who tells the white pelicans
to go to convention on the lake?
A gathering of pruning, splashing,
fishing. Awkward grace
in a cloud of white.
A poem will come if you let it.
Sit with His presence for a while.
Moment by moment, we are here
–Margaret Gibson Simon