God’s Real Presence

But God is present in reality no matter what unreality our practices and our ponderings imply. He is forever trying to establish communication; forever aware of the wrong directions we are taking and wishing to warn us; forever offering solutions for the problems that baffle us; forever standing at the door of our loneliness, eager to bring us such comradeship as the most intelligent living mortal could not supply; forever clinging to our indifference in the hope that someday our needs, or at least our tragedies, will waken us to respond to his advances. The Real Presence is just that, real and life-transforming. Nor are the conditions for the manifestation of his splendors out of the reach of any of us! Here they are: otherness, openness, obedience, obsession.

—Albert Edward Day in “The Captivating Presence”


My prayer this week: Drown me in your presence this week, Heavenly Father. Fill me with your friendship. Let me hear your warnings, obey your leading, and feel your love. Awaken me to the splendid truth that you, Almighty God, long for nothing more than a relationship with me. Transform me as I respond to your grace in my life.