God’s presence Is here and now It can be felt; it can be known
I felt it at the dentist Lying back Mouth open – stretching wide So many hands in my mouth So much at stake How long can my back hold out in this position?
Time crawled forward, a half hour, an hour Then Shannon’s body Pressed against my arm as she worked I felt peace, I felt reassurance I felt the Spirit of God In that chair In that trying moment Unrequested I knew the presence of Light, of Love It existed in the communion Between the dentist and I I would have smiled, but my mouth was full So my heart just smiled As by body relaxed.
I made my way out to the greenhouse Not hard to do, as Tom lovingly keeps a path cleared for me The air outside, well below freezing I opened the door and stepped inside It was a toasty 69 degrees The sun was pouring in, Snow enveloped the lower half of the building I sat in my little chair Breathing in the freshness of air Gazing at the raised bed awaiting plants Looking out at the trees, the blue sky Warmed only by the sun Protected from harsh wind I let it all soak in And I knew God’s healing touch God’s presence In the natural world
I knew Love Sitting beside my dad as he lay dying I was filled to bursting with the presence Of God’s Spirit - Maybe coming to journey dad home? So near to God, I knew God’s presence In the person of my grand niece Who let me hold her on my lap Let me release some of the all-powerful love into her In the passing on of the love, there is communion There resides God.
I saw God’s love Watching six grandchildren, great grandchildren Carrying Dad’s body Into the church. With love and respect, They honored him. In the power of that moment I knew God’s presence As they walked up the stairs Into the church God's presence was so near - Filling the vestibule Filling my soul. I knew love In my two older grandchildren One in each arm As I squatted between them Together we witnessed love, we shared love As Dad’s body Was carried into the church.
God’s presence Holy Spirit Loving Energy Supreme Being El Shaddai Adonai Abba YHWH So many names So many faith traditions This presence is not owned - not exclusive But there for everyone It is all around us and within us If we but pause, open, And let the knowing fill our beings Then release that love into our world!