New Life

Everything in the world speaks of God. To hear you need to be attentive to what is happening around you…and mindful of what is happening within you. I am learning to pay more attention to my experiences in order to better detect God’s presence in them, to see what the experience is trying to tell me. Even in my sinfulness, God was there trying to tell me that the covenant between us was still intact, that God was still walking with me and that I had nothing to fear. Even when I am not aware of it, God is in the very place where I am at, reaching out to me. God is, essentially, relational.

God wants to free each of us from destructive addictions and situations. God wants to liberate us from fear and useless anxiety. God wants to give each of us new life and has no interest in punishing us. God is always present, even in the most mundane events of our daily life…and God desires we each grow more aware of that divine presence in all our actions, not matter how routine.

Often the journey to hope begins in the darkness of hopelessness, in the midst of a downward spiral that seems to have no end. In this bleakness, there is no gentle touch of reassurance, no hint that things will change, that brighter days lay ahead. Our days are marked by a listlessness that often borders on despair. All seems lost. Nothing satisfies. Disappointments abound. Even fleeting moments of joy have vanished. Yet in this darkness, there is a light. But the light is not found outside of yourself. It is an internal light. The externals of our life change when the internals of our life change. Finding that inner light, the true source of hope, is the main task of our life. When we learn to see by that innermost light, the external events of our lives will begin to change. Finding that delicate innermost light requires stillness, silence and solitude.

“What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us.”
– Henry David Thoreau


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