Beside the front door of our home, Gay and I have a plaque that reads, “Bidden or not bidden, God is present.” Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung had these words inscribed above the entrance to his home and the quote is often attributed to him. Actually, Jung found it in the Latin writings of Desiderius Erasmus, a sixteenth century Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.
A visit this week to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the mesas of Sedona, Arizona, brought this truth to mind. Here amidst the vast, harsh, beautiful red rocks is a testimony to the omnipresence of God. Somone said, "Here is this towering cross out here in the middle of nowhere." Actually, everywhere is somewhere because of the presence of God, the Creator and Sovereign of the Cosmos.
The highest form of communion with God is to live our lives in such a way as to sense God’s presence with us in each moment, each breath, each blink of the eye, each heartbeat, and in each encounter with another human being, created in the image of God.
Psalm 139:1-17 expresses this conviction so beautifully. I particularly like Bernadette Farrell’s setting, as sung by the Choir of Wells Cathedral. I share this with you, along with a prayer that it will draw you increasingly into encounters of the divine kind as you continue your journey today.