During my years of living in Alice Springs I was gifted with a deep connection to the presence of God in the land.
For me God’s presence was palpable.
Daily I could sense it in the sounds of the flurry of beating wings of flocks of budgies as they swirled and swooped through the warm air above the desert. Felt in the wind against my sweaty skin or in the textures of the sand that I sat on in dry river beds, the rocks that I climbed in the ranges spreading east and west from town, and in the trees and shrubs that I walked through daily on the trails around where I lived. Smelt in the gum leaves crushed under foot, the scent of honey rich native flowers and the sun baking on the dry ancient soils. Seen in the stark contrasts of the iron rich, red rocks and soils standing stark against the turquoise skies and interspersed with the white trunked ghost gums, topped by their canopy of muted green leaves as they lined the dry creek beds that meander throughout the centre of Australia. Tasted in the bitterness of bush tomatoes and in the sweetness of smoky billy tea freshly made on a campfire.
All my senses called to be alert to God’s presence in this sacred land.
12/12/14 Victoria, Australia
I connect with the Spirit of God in the world around me, my family and friends, the people I meet in my work and daily life, in music, literature, writing, art, sacred scripture, in prayer and meditation, and most of all in nature and silence.
I draw strength and sustenance from the presence of God in the small everyday happenings of life. God is always present but I however do not always have my eyes, ears or other senses attuned. Each day I need to remind myself to be awake to God's presence. Keeping a Gratitude journal, planting summer vegetables, savouring a home cooked meal with produce from my garden, holding a loved one, sitting with someone experiencing deep emotional, mental or spiritual pain or saying a silent prayer are some of the ways I keep myself open to God's loving presence in my daily life.
In this blog I hope to share with you my experiences of God's deep Spirit leading me in my everyday life to become the person that only God truly knows me to be.
I hope you enjoy my musings.
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For me God’s presence was palpable 🙂 Amen!