LIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD  



Living in the Presence of God is . . .

Living in the presence of God is being open to the beauty of God’s creation—
to see the hand of God in all the good that surrounds our daily lives!

Living in the presence of God is being mindful that we live in the presence of
the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and that it is His love and His power that fills
our lives!

Living in the presence of God is listening for and being open to the leading of
the Holy Spirit!

Living in the presence of God is a life lived in such a way as to intentionally
create a place in our heart of hearts for God and responds with “yes” and
“thank you” to God’s expressions of love in our lives.

Living in the presence of God is opening our eyes and our hearts to see things
we otherwise would not see.  It gives us new eyes to see and a more tender
heart—more aware of the pain and need that surrounds us.

Living in the presence of God is going places and doing things we would not
otherwise do—because we are called to be amid the pain and help meet the
need.  It is saying “Here am I” to the call to live the love of God in our world!


ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

The first four Links on the Navigation Bar are
textual discussion of the spiritual discipline of
"Living in the Presence of God":
what it means,
how to live it, the fruit and the pain that come
from endeavoring to so live, and
historical context.

The next four Links are poetry of praise, gratitude,
and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and God's faithful
presence in our lives.
Before and Now reflects on the changes we experience
in the journey of faith and the movement from being told
about God to experiencing God and God's love! It is
followed by a short piece on grief.
Sunrise at the Ocean expresses sheer delight at the gift of
sunrise and gives praise to God for the
gift of life!
A Conversation With Death faces death squarely and
considers its many faces, and responds with the affirmation
that Death shall not triumph because we know
the Victor, Christ Jesus our Lord!
Living in the Presence of Fear is a personal reflection
on the fears that haunt us and the blessing
of God's presence and God's Love.

The final four Links include a reflection,
based on Bible teachings, as to why we suffer
and where is God in our Suffering,  and is entitled
Jesus on Why we Suffer. It closes with a poem
entitled "The Suffering Tree."
The next link considers the core theological question:
How God Acts
and considers from one writer's perspective whether God causes
the events and circumstances of our lives.
The website closes with
Photographs of nature and extends this invitation:
"Through God-colored glasses   . . . we are invited to view the creation and
prayerfully consider what it reveals about the Creator!"
The last link is a
Post-Script that is updated from time to time
with new thoughts, or responses from viewers of this Website.

The writings and poetry reflect a relational theology and are most heavily
influenced by the writings and theology of Henri Nouwen. Nouwen's writings
and teachings have so influenced my life and understanding of God, that it is
now impossible for me to remember what I thought and understood before I
began reading his books more than 10 years ago.   

WHAT'S NEW?


Also, please visit the blog of a dear brother
in Christ who has helped me to see even more clearly
the Presence of God in my life--and the lives of others!
http://biggspaul.blogspot.com/

WELCOME!!

AND MAY YOU SEEK, EMBRACE,
AND GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR THE
GIFT OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE










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