ALL OF LIFE is an opportunity to travel through a world that is “charged with the glory of God.” Because of God’s omnipresence, each journey has the potential to be a spiritual journey. We can catch glimmers of God’s presence “like shining from shook foil” in even the most ordinary settings — from people we meet every day and in objects that no one else would consider extraordinary.
When we take time to reflect on the journey of life, we can feel God’s presence as it “gathers to a greatness” all around us, embracing us with divine love. We are free to explore the frontiers of our lives and the world because there is no place we can travel that is bereft of God.
Our spiritual journey becomes a means of exploring our own lives as we tell the stories of those persons, places and things that have shaped us as children of God. May we journey with faith and confidence in God’s love and continuing presence with us.
– Michael E. Williams
Spoken into Being
Quoted phrases are from Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “God’s Grandeur.” Excerpt from page 76 of Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story by Michael E. Williams. Copyright © 2017 by Michael E. Williams. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are ways you encounter God in the ordinary? Share your thoughts.
I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
Palm 89:20-21, NRSV
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This week we remember: Dorothea Dix (July 18).
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