Jesus invites us to live in God’s presence in all ways and at all times. His invitation is explicit in his teaching and in his whole life living in God’s presence. Indeed, His life is a model for us.
From The Cowley Magazine, I recently met in spirit Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691). As a soldier in the 30 Years war, he suffered a near-fatal injury. He was left crippled and in chronic pain the rest of his life. He became a monk and a cook in the Carmelite monastery in Paris. What is extraordinary about Br. Lawrence is he lived the whole of his life in the presence of God. It was transparent to everyone who knew him, to everyone who came to him for solace and prayer that he practiced living in the presence of God.
The practice of living in the presence of God is an existential way of living arrived at from a conscious and constant inner awareness that we live in God’s presence. It is really a matter of conscious love: God’s love for us and our love in response.
We are given the gift of life. We say in our creed The Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life. We worship God Emmanuel, God is with us, in all times and in all places.
Each breath we take, each heart beat is a reminder that God is present, loves us, is active within us and around us, sustaining and blessing our lives. Practice becoming actively conscious of living in the presence of God as you inhale and exhale.