March 26

FAITH MONTH: DAY 26: “I go far away or near but God never goes far off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.” — Meister Eckhart

This quote was not on my list. It was in a book I read in the mornings and new to me. I liked it a lot because it speaks to me in several ways.

The first is how much I love that I am never without God in my heart. That is how “he goes no further than the door.” There is no place other than in me that God dwells. Whether I name the Universal Power God or not is my choice. I seldom use that term. But this quote does, so I will stick with that. There is so much comfort in knowing that where I am, God is. I have heard that phrase before, but this one resonates with me.

Because I am a wanderer who shifts and moves all the time, I like the quote also. I used to have a plaque that I made that had a quote from Carl Jung. He had it hanging over the lintel-piece of his front door. The quote is: “VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT.” It means that invited or not, God will be present. I hung it over many doors of many of my homes because I loved that idea. I quit doing that because God does not inhabit a space, per se, but my being. So I could wear a tee shirt that says the same thing, right? Anyway, I have it in my heart to remember that God is with me, no matter what. This quote states the same thing in different (and might I add) very eloquent phrasing.

The last thing about this quote is that I wrote it down in my journal so I could use it this morning, and had a terrific time with that, because “he” is not capitalized. I don’t re-write quotes I use, but that was so challenging to me. Then I got caught up in the idea that patriarchy had imposed a male God on us for the entirety of my lifetime. One of the reasons I have used a different phrase for a lot of my thinking, speaking and writing. Past conditioning and experience has led me to veer away from male figures with omnipotence or seeming overarching power. My stuff, not everyone’s, but certainly mine.

So, today I want to dwell in the faith that there is NOTHING I can do to take God out of my heart. I believe I ran the gamut in my early years of life. Today I want to be aware of the idea that I don’t have to earn or merit this situation, I just need to live and be in that reality. I love it and thank Universal Power for staying with me even when I did not believe it. I have a great deal of evidence and love to prove it.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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