Practicing the Presence of God
“Nearly every day most of us experience a few small, though troubling, inconveniences. Some days we suffer through a major setback and, on occasion, even a personal tragedy. When we trust that God is in our life, and we look for comfort and guidance every moment of every day, we are prepared for any upset, whether minor or grave.
“Practicing the presence of God provides us with a refuge, even in the throes of turmoil. In time, as we make this a daily routine, we’ll seldom doubt God’s closeness or feel forsaken, even when all about us is dark. The darkness will give way to the light of hope in the mere moment it takes to remember God’s presence.”
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” April 1
*As We Understand God
I couldn’t help but think about my friend, Jennifer, and her soon-to-be 19 years old son, Kelton as I was reading the above passages. Earlier in the week Kelton experienced a brain hemorrhage, and at the time of this writing, the doctors still don’t have the situation under control so that they can perform surgery. They have induced a coma so that his brain can get some relief from activity, helping to stabilize his body in preparation for the surgery. It was determined that Kelton has an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain, and one of them had ruptured.
Jennifer is not in a 12 Step recovery program, but she is a believer in Islam and has a strong faith in Allah. Through social media she is keeping friends, family, and community apprised of Kelton’s status and events as they unfold. I’m so grateful she is, as it enables us to help support her and him in any way we can. I’ve been praying and have sent prayer requests in to Silent Unity and out to Science of Mind practitioners. I’ve made a financial donation through GoFundMe and posted the link in the hopes that more folks can provide support.
I am not a parent and can only imagine what Jennifer and Kelton’s dad are going through (and his siblings too); still, I know about loving someone precious. It is a tragic situation, someone so young and vibrant having to go through this experience. At least for Jenn, she has been practicing the presence of God for years, and I trust that this journey she is walking through now is a little less painful as she feels Spirit’s closeness. And, with others practicing the presence of God as well, uplifting and healing vibrations are pouring out to Kelton.
We are all part of the One Source of perfect health and wholeness, of love. May Kelton and all of us know that truth and feel God’s closeness wherever Life’s journey takes us.
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