Devotions based on Trevor Hudson’s book, Discovering our Spiritual Identity
Sometimes we think the secular and sacred are separated in our lives but God’s living presence pervades all of our life and experiences. We can train ourselves to be aware of His presence in the present moment as we learn to turn our minds toward Christ, remain constantly thankful, and do everything we do for God. There is no time in our lives when God is not actively loving us. His transforming love radiates towards us in every single moment and experience of our lives. Not every experience we have appears to be a sacrament of God’s loving presence when we are suffering. We may think He has forsaken us. But even when we go through hard times we have the promise of the kingdom of heaven which is only partially experienced now but fully experienced beyond the dimensions of our present world. We have the story of Stephen who when he was being killed, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.
We can learn to direct our minds towards the Lord by frequently affirming the closeness of His presence with us whereever we are. Sometimes it helps to just repeat the name of Jesus, say a short prayer, or pause for a period of silence during the day. We have frequent lapses of forgetting so it helps to be made more aware that He is right here with us right now!