Sometimes God speaks to me through the mind-opening words of a song, a poem, a friend. Sometimes God speaks to me through the kindness and compassion of a stranger, a family member, a medical professional. Sometimes God speaks to me through my gut feelings, instincts, life experiences. Sometimes God speaks to me when I read sacred Scripture.
Maybe God is always speaking to me. Today I will practice listening more deeply.
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10b
Jacob de Wit (1695-1754) Baptism of Christ in the Jordan chalk and pen, ca.1716 Amsterdam, Amstelkring Museum via Wikimedia Commons
We are God’s beloved and God is well pleased with us. The whole human family. All of us. In spite of, perhaps because of our human frailty, failures, and weaknesses. God made us human. We are God’s. We are God’s creation, beloved and pleasing to God.
Lord, teach me to see myself and the all of the human family with your eyes and heart.
And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11
Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy: The Three Wise Men (named Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar). Detail from: “Mary and Child, surrounded by angels”, mosaic of a Ravennate italian-byzantine workshop, completed within 526 AD by the so-called Master of Sant’Apollinare By Nina-no (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
God within me urges me on and on to find God, to encounter God, to know God. I am pushed by the light within to find the light in all creation, especially in you. In the moment of recognition, the light in me does homage to the light in you, the Light of God, the Love of God.
[The magi] saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Matthew 2:11