God is Our All and Everything

"Where can I run from Your love? If I climb to the heavens You are there; if I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, still I'd find You there." In 1974, Dan Schutte and the Saint Louis Jesuits released You are Near. This beautiful arrangement of Psalm 139 reminds us of the powerful image of God being everywhere, in all parts of our universe and in every intimate aspect of our life.

Nothing comes between us and God whose love for us, no matter how unworthy we feel, how distant, how unloved—God is ever present to us loving us for all of who we are. God shines in and through us and allows our beauty to shine forth, no matter what unfortunate circumstance befalls us. When God looks upon us in our sickness, our impoverishment, our diminishment, our loneliness, our depression, and our sinfulness, He sees beauty, power and strength.

When we respond to that Love, God's presence is fully made known. When our love, care and concern is shown to others, God is fully present. In the same way, when we are recognized in the darkness of our lives, the light within us shines forth and beckons us from our despair. When we shake the unwashed hand of a person who is homeless, when we embrace an individual whom illness has ravished, when we reach out to embrace those who are shunned by the world, we offer the gift of dignity and acceptance and it transforms not only them—but us—and all who witness our charity.

God loves us tremendously and desires our wholeness. We will never be alone because of this love and we will never be without a connection to the light deep within us.

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