A week ago Rev. Simon Mainwaring of All Saints Episcopal, preached and as I heard his words, they words found a resting place in my heart. He was talking about the morning's Hebrew reading which recounted Deuteronomy's story of our tribe’s beginning. The phrase that resonated so quickly with me was in the context of saying that it’s important to recognize God’s continual presence in our lives. He said, “God is within the story, not beyond it.”
Hearing his words broke my heart wide open. Time and time again, I find that I put off marking moments. Time and again I forget that in the wishing for something at some other time way down the road, I am missing the amazing life I have been given to live right now. The moments of my life aren’t out-there, somewhere else. The moments of my life are right here, right now.
As I am traveling through this Lenten season, I pray to be open to opportunities of presence. I don’t want to miss a moment. I don't want to miss the chance to give from what I have been given. No strings. No expectations. Moving in and through the world with the phrase from Rev. Mainwaring whispering in my ear, “God is within the story, not beyond…” God is here. Right now. As I look in the eye of my sister or my brother, God is right here. With us. And my prayer is that I don’t miss an opportunity to be more deeply present with the One who is always present with me. With us.