It was Saint Augustine who once said concerning God, “Our souls are restless until they rest in Thee.” I do believe that we long for a sense of the presence of God in our lives. The coming of the Christ child into our world and the beautiful way in which that story is told in the Gospel of Luke reminds us that God’s presence is indeed with us. And, I am sure that each of us could describe a special way in which we have experienced the presence of God. Each of which, I believe, would be meaningful and beautiful.
The poet, Wordsworth, described experiencing the presence of God in the following passage from “Tintern Abbey”: I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts, a sense of sublime Of something far more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of the living air And the blue sky and in the mind of man; A motion and a spirit that impels All thinking things, all objects of all thought, And rolls through all things.
Wordsworth also spoke of feeling God’s presence in our souls when he spoke of conscience as “God’s most intimate presence in the soul, And his most perfect image in the world.” God is present with us and Advent is a great time to think about how we have experienced the presence of God and just what that means to us as moral beings in a world that struggles all too
often with right and wrong.