“Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
Often many of us think and/or act as if the place where we find God is the Sanctuary. We place an extreme importance on being at Worship so that have time to place ourselves before God and pray for ourselves and other as well as expressing gratitude for what we experience in the week since we talked the week before.
The other thing we do is look to our Ministers, Rabbis, Imams, Priests etc. almost as idols who show us God. These spiritual leaders help to pave the way for our journey with God, but they are not gods, in fact, they are on the same journey that we are. They may help us to find better ways to connect with God and they reflect a part of who God is in this world but it is impossible for them to show us all of who God is.
I guess what I am trying to say is what Brother David says in the quote above. Our life with the Lord is a constant, it has no limits. We have to learn to be more aware of all of the ways that God is moving in our lives, not just in our own prayer life, but in how we live, what we say, who we meet, how open we are to life and how much we are willing to give of ourselves for others.
When we are able to live like this, then it is impossible not to recognize just how present God is in all that lives and breathes. It is impossible not to reflect that Presence to all and everything. It is much more possible to see that Worship enhances and helps to build us all into better people, better children of God.
So, how do we build this awareness into something that “pervades all realms of our being?” How do we accept the Presence into our beings in order that we reflect this to others and we open ourselves to what the world is reflecting to us?
May these questions help us all to continue to walk with the Lord and experience that Presence in ourselves as well as others. Remember you are not walking this walk alone. We are talking the talk as we walk together. Thanks for walking with me. -Chris L.