Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Presence of God

The presence of God calms the soul, 
and gives it quiet and repose even during the day...
It takes no great time to love God, 
to be refreshed by His presence, 
to elevate our hearts to Him, 
to offer to Him all we do ;
this is the true kingdom of God within us, 
which cannot be disturbed.
Once a single word of the Savior 
suddenly calmed a furiously agitated sea: 
one look of His at us, and of ours toward Him, 
ought always to perform the same miracle within us.
Fenelon, Spiritual Progress

I love the simplicity of Fenelon's writing.
Trust, love, humility, abandonment to God.
"I have set the Lord continually before me.
Because He is at my right hand, 
I shall not be moved." Ps 16
This is the peace I want for this day--
to trust in His ever present help,
His eternal goodness and faithfulness.
I decree that one word from my Savior
is enough to calm any swirling and agitated waters
in my thought life today.
Lord, may I give You my heart today
in the simplicity of moments, 
that I would offer to You all that I do.
The Kingdom of God is within me, 
and with it comes the righteousness, peace and joy
that only You can give.
I set You before me today and ask for the grace
to keep it a continual setting
all day long.


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