God Is Presence

God is Presence. God is always present. It is me who forgets this.

Sometimes I pray a simple prayer … The ancient Jesus Prayer: “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

In The Jesus Prayer I often substitute other names for “me:” my wife, son, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker. Sometimes no prayer is needed. I know God is with me. I know that God prays in me. It comforts me to know that God is ever present. I don’t need to pray. God is with me and will sustain me.

God is in the joy and pain, worry and calm. God is in the anger and inner peace. No matter how I feel God is in it with me. God’s inner peace is always available. It is I who need to open to it. This is where I am right now.

God is Presence. God is in me and with me. I am never apart from Him (Her). That is why silent prayer (centering prayer) attracts me. It is my time to sit with this Presence. I don’t need to pray. I don’t want to pray. I want to be held by the Presence. I want to be loved by the Presence. I want to be healed by the Presence. I want to take this Presence with me into my non-silent parts of the day.

Go Further:

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening was the first book I read on Centering Prayer.

Daniel P Coleman, Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community

Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots by Amos Smith

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life by Amos Smith

Paul R Smith, Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough?: Jesus and the Three Faces of God


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