DAILY DEVOTIONS:Jul 20 ‘Comfort in God’s Presence’

DAILY DEVOTIONS:Jul 20

‘Comfort in God’s Presence’

St. Apollinaris

A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench…

  • Matthew 12:20

This verse speaks to me of God’s profound gentleness. Christ does not clobber us. Instead, he always leaves us the freedom to choose our path. Sometimes, if we make poor choices or even good choices, life will clobber us, but not Christ. In fact, it is when we are most bruised and smoldering that Christ is closest to us. But it can be so terribly hard to sense his presence.

A phrase of Richard Rohr’s that I love, and that a friend embroidered and placed in a small frame that now hangs above my desk, is, “God in this, too!”

When things are looking very bleak and God feels very distant, I try to remember this. I repeat the phrase slowly in my mind as I seek with the tendrils of my soul to touch the Living God, who is always present. Sometimes, I do sense a touch of that gentle presence, calling me to deeper trust and love. Other times, the seeking, the longing, are all I touch. But even these grant me some comfort.

  • Aileen O’Donoghue

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