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My Inner Presence

MEDITATION:

Written by Joyce Rupp, a contemporary author, speaker, and co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence. This is an excerpt from her book “The Cup of Our Life.”

When I was a young child of eight years old, I lived on a beautiful farm. Like my other siblings, I had chores to do after school. Mine consisted of feeding the chickens and gathering the eggs. I didn’t like doing this because my free spirit wanted to be out in the grove playing or down by the creek watching tadpoles and catching minnows. But one day all of that changed for me. I learned that I had a secret companion who always kept me company, even when I was doing the daily farm chores. Hidden away deep within my heart was a loving being named God who would always love me and would never leave me. It was at this time that a wise teacher taught me about friendship with God. She assured me that I would never be alone because I was carrying the very life of God within me. I was enthused about this discovery. I could sense that “Someone” was there. I began carrying on endless conversations with this Friend. Walking home from school, doing my chores, playing in the grove—all these activities became opportunities to be with my “special Someone.” This was the beginning of my relationship with God.

As I grew older, I recognized this inner presence as a dynamic source of guidance and consolation. I became ever more deeply rooted in the belief that this indwelling God loves me totally and unconditionally. To this day, I draw comfort and courage from the belief that I am a container holding the presence of God. This awesome and humbling gift of the Divine Indwelling constantly enlivens my spiritual path and seeds my transformation.

PRAYER:

This is a prayer from the Byzantine Rite, which consists of liturgical texts developed to guide services of vespers, compline, midnight office, matins, and hours. The original Rites were developed in the late 4th century.  They have been adapted and are still used by Eastern Orthodox churches today.

Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fill all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord. Amen.

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