I is for…

God replied to Moses: I am who I am.
From Exodus 3:14

I is for I AM. We humans assign numerous names to God. Those who reference the Torah or Bible are familiar with the passage I’ve cited in which God chooses to be called “I AM.” I find great consolation in this name because it is offered in the active present tense. This name leaves no doubt that God is, was and forever will be. Though our lives pass more quickly than we care to acknowledge, I AM will never pass from the moment at hand. It seems to me that, since I AM is the only constant of which we can be certain, it makes sense to acknowledge God’s presence with regularity and with gratitude.

Some days, God and I are in conversation from morning until night. This is a good thing, except for my propensity to monopolize the exchange which means that it’s one-sided. This isn’t because God has nothing to say, but because I rarely give God the opportunity to speak. Still, God finds ways to get my attention. These efforts come most often in the beauty of nature, in an unexpected encounter with a fellow human, in a great idea or in encouraging words. Yes, just as God is always with us, God always finds ways to get our attention.

It seems to me that I best show my gratitude for God’s ongoing presence by making that presence known. Rather than announcing that I AM has sent me their way, I can reveal God’s presence to others through my own loving presence to them.

Loving God, please be as tangible as ever in our efforts to love for one another.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

I… I AM, Now and Forever

God replied to Moses: I am who I am.
From Exodus 3:14

I is for I AM. In spite of all of the names we humans assign to God, God chooses to be called “I AM”. I find great consolation in God’s chosen name because it is offered in the active present tense. This name leaves no doubt that God is, was and forever will be. Though our lives pass more quickly than we care to acknowledge, I AM will never pass from the moment at hand. It seems to me that since I AM is the only constant of which we can be certain it makes sense to acknowledge God’s presence with regularity and with gratitude.

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I tend to monopolize God. Some days, it is as though we are in conversation from morning until night. I’m also embarrassed to admit that these “conversations” are sometimes one-sided, not because God has nothing to say, but because I rarely give God the opportunity to speak. God responds with creative attempts to get my attention. These nudges come in the beauty of nature, an unexpected encounter, a great idea or encouraging words. Fortunately for me, God always finds a way to let me know that God is indeed with me.

Perhaps I can show my gratitude by making God’s presence known. Though I attempt to do this through these daily posts, I need also to do so through my daily life. I need to reveal God’s presence through my presence to those I’ve been given to love.

Loving God, help me to make your presence tangible to everyone I meet along the way.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved