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Finding ‘now’ is where we find God. That is were he meets us and the place were we can experience his grace. Jesus taught this early on in his work on earth. He says in Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT): “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Then I love how Eugene Peterson translates v 34: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right NOW, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

We not only find God in the now, but as we do, we find ourselves. I believe our sense of self does not depend on the content of our minds – but can only be fully understood in the context of a [covenant] relationship with God, our father (such as Jesus describes above).

Our minds are helpful for some things, but not for understanding who we are, or why we exist. The sooner we can find the ‘off’ button for the mind, the sooner we will find silence – and there begin to relax into, and enjoy the true meaning and reality of our existence. I encourage us all to share a 20 min silent meditation at the beginning of each day. It is deeply rewarding and the perfect way to sense the ‘now’.

A Conundrum for Christmas: Is living in the ‘now’ the same as ‘waking up’. Can you be in the ‘now’, and still not be awake?

A poem for Christmas and the new year:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

‘God Knows’, Minnie Louise Haskins (1908)

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