August 17

  

Today's Quotation:

We need not wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone-- and look upon Him present within us.

Teresa of Avila

Today's Meditation:

What do you think God is?  Where do you think that he or she resides?  In some mansion up in heaven, wherever that may be?  Or perhaps God doesn't really reside anywhere, but just is.  If that's the case, is there anywhere where God is not?

The fact is that religious teachers all through the ages have been teaching us that God is inside us, that we all have this holy presence as part of who we are.  While many people would like to get us to think that they have some sort of special relationship to God that allows them to know God's will better than you or I could know it on our own, the fact is that we all have an equal connection with God, and we don't need any outside source to help us to make or to maintain that connection.

The question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we're allowing God to be an important part of our lives.  When religious leaders talk about giving up control, they're talking about allowing the God inside of us to be in charge.  Since God is unconditional love, allowing that force to control our actions and reactions can make us "born again" into new people.  No longer would we live with our ego in charge, but we'd use that holy part of ourselves to contribute a great deal more love and compassion to the planet and to our fellow travelers upon this planet.

Finding a quiet place for even five or ten minutes and recognizing God to be a part of you and actually listening for what that part of you wants to tell you can make a tremendous difference in your life.  The fact is that God always is talking to us, but we rarely try to listen.  We've become so busy and we're surrounded by so much noise that we don't even notice the voice any more.  Peace and quiet and looking inside-- God's in there, right where we'll find happiness (remember yesterday?).

Max Ehrmann tells us to "be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be."  Find the peace, and find your God.

Questions to ponder:

1.  Do you ever spend time specifically communicating with God?

2.  What are some things that may cause us to miss the important messages that come from deep inside of us?

3.  How can we assure that we spend time trying to communicate with God?  Why is it important that we do so?

For further thought:

The truest communication with God is absolute, total silence; there is not a single word in existence that can convey this communication.

Bernadette Roberts

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