I HONOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD
… If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honoreth me…
If I honor myself alone, not realizing that I am one with the Divine Presence, then I shall quickly exhaust the small portion of good that I, as a human being, can at any one moment contain. But if I honor the Presence of God in me, of God around and through me, of God in and through everything, then I am indeed honoring the Presence of God, for One Spirit is over all, in all and through all, and One Presence is all. There can be no separation from this Presence, no apartness, no division. It is one, complete and total, equally distributed and everywhere available. To feel this Presence in things, in people and in human events, and to sense that it is all-inclusive, really is to honor God and to provide in one’s own self a place where the Divine can go forth anew into creation.
Today I am honoring the Presence of God. I feel His beauty in the rose-tinted dawn and in the glow of the evening sunset. In the rose I find the loveliness of His beauty. In the mountains I see His Strength. In the quiet of the evening I feel His Presence. And throughout the night I know that this Presence overshadows me, therefore I sleep in peace and wake in joy and live in a consciousness of good. Seeing God in others, I enter into companionship with the Divinity in all people. In the outstretched hand, in the smile of recognition, and in the warm embrace of friends, I feel the One Presence, the One Power and the One Life. And so I give thanks – with a song in my heart and with a joy unspeakable I give thanks to this Presence. May I ever more embrace and be embraced by the love, the beauty and the goodness of God.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker