G… God

For this is our God,
and we are the people God shepherds,
the flock whom God guides.

Psalm 95:7

G is for God… and goodness, grace, generosity, gentleness, gift, gladness, glory, gospel, grandeur, gratitude, growth, gumption and a gaggle of other descriptors which apply to the God I have come to know and love.

Regardless of the name you prefer or the context in which you pray, God is all of these things and more for you, for me and for every soul blessed with the gift of life. Whether we were raised down the street from our church as I was or were never exposed to anything remotely similar, God is here for us.

For me, the evidence lies deep within. I’ve been aware of God’s presence in my life for as long as I can remember. If you are searching for more concrete evidence, consider this. Numerous books have been published and countless other references have been cited in the distant and recent past regarding encounters with life after this life. Many have passed through death’s threshold and returned to share their experiences. Whether a believer, an agnostic or an atheist beforehand, these travelers to the Other Side speak of the unconditional love, peace and acceptance which greeted them. Most conclude with great certainty that they have met God.

Though most of us will never return from this journey, we are gifted with God’s loving presence in our lives today. For me, the implications are twofold. First, I must cultivate my relationship with God as this is the source of the greatest joy I know this life. Second, I must share the benefits of this relationship by cultivating my relationships with those God has given me to love. After all, the best gifts are those which we share.

Generous and Gracious God, thank you for you.

©2020 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Simple Joy

God is our God
and we are the people God shepherds,
the flock God guides.

Psalm 95:7

I’ve just come in from the screened porch just beyond our family room. Every year, that porch houses a Christmas Tree. This tree reigns over an antiquated nativity set of which my husband and I are very fond. The figures include Mary, Joseph, the Infant Jesus and two lambs. They are white plastic and resemble sets seen everywhere in our childhood neighborhoods decades ago. Though the figures have lost their allure in the light of day, they take on an awe-inspiring aura at night. After I decorate the porch tree with lights and red bows, my husband nestles these figures among greenery at its feet. The tree’s colorful bulbs silhouette each one in a heavenly glow. The white lights he adds to the greenery in which they sit seem to bring Joseph, Mary, the Baby and those little lambs to life.

Though I love the family Christmas Tree in our living room, it is this porch tree which I enjoy the throughout Advent and the Christmas Season. Actually, I most enjoy the figures of the Holy Family beneath that tree. They remind me of the amazing goodness God draws from the simplest moments of our lives.

Dear God, heaven and earth became one that first Christmas day. Thank you for Jesus who changed this world forever.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

G… God Who Is Love

For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds,
the flock he guides.

Psalm 95:7

G is for God… and goodness, graciousness, generosity, genuineness, genius, gentleness, gladness, glory, grandeur, growth, gumption and a gaggle of other nouns. In preparation for this writing, I perused my thesaurus in search of a word for “love” which begins with “g”. When I failed to find one, I searched synonyms for “love” with the same result. In the midst of my effort, it occurred to me that the single “g” word which defines love is “God”. No other term or label aptly describes God’s most precious gift to us.

I’ve been aware of God’s love for me for as long as I can remember. Deep within, as miserable or as elated as I may be at a given moment, I somehow know that I’m not alone. I’m convinced that God is present outside of me as well. In spite of the negative forces which sometimes lurk nearby, God remains in the air I breathe and in all of creation. I admit that even my most threatening nemesis houses God deep within. God created everything. As a result, God’s DNA, more precisely God’s love, remains in everything and everyone.

Some early church thinkers believed that God’s love is so perfect that it is irresistible. They also believed that a soul who doesn’t accept God’s love in this life has the opportunity to do so in the next. This Twenty-first Century thinker is convinced of the same.

G is for God and God is Love. Love for you. Love for me. Love for everyone and love for everything.

Generous and Gracious God, thank you for your love.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved