Scripture tells us that God’s loving care covers the sparrow and even the hair on our head. That’s surely comforting, and it affirms our faith in a Creator who is ever present in our lives. We may believe that God is ever-present to us, but the question then rises: How present are we to God? Do we truly believe that God has an interest in us, a concern for our welfare? If so, then we must be aware of God as a constant presence, albeit not a shining star or a burning bush. Awareness of God means that we believe in One who relates to us in ways we may not understand or expect—through a sudden inspiration or insight, the beauty of a sunrise, the laugh of a child, and hope in the face of tragedy. Awareness of God’s presence enables us to be fully present to God in a loving relationship.
By Carol Berg, OSB