Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Lurking Presence of God

"Our world is saturated with grace, and the lurking presence of God is revealed not only in spirit but in matter--in a deer leaping across a meadow, in the flight of an eagle, in fire and water, in a rainbow after a summer storm, in a gentle doe streaking through a forest, in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in a child licking a chocolate ice cream cone, in a woman with windblown hair. God intended for us to discover His loving presence in the world around us." Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

God rarely shouts for our attention. He is often subtle and quiet. Lurking, even. Hoping we'll perceive His presence in the room. Hoping we'll see that He has carefully and deliberately planted clues about Himself all around, and hopes we'll recognize them for what they really are. Leonard Sweet refers to them as "small-scale epiphanies."

"Life's treasures are buried right under our noses. Can we relish the wonders of small-scale epiphanies and everyday events?" Leonard Sweet, Soul Salsa

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