Sweet Presence

You are here.
My soul drinks
Of Your Presence.
Here is sweetness pervading,
Time with no measure,
Eternity kissing the moment,
Stillness, though fleeting.

Your touch stirs the life of me.
I want to dance,
Charged with new vigor.
I should simply gaze on You
But the power of life
Is hard to resist,
And unless You take me captive,
I’m tempted to fly.

I am the beggar,
Who finding his pockets full,
Hurries off to spend his treasure.
Teach me Lord to bask
In the sunshine of Your smile.

© 2013 Joann Nelander

Sweet Presence

You are here.
My soul drinks
Of Your Presence.
Here is sweetness pervading,
Time with no measure,
Eternity kissing the moment,
Stillness, though fleeting.

Your touch stirs the life of me.
I want to dance,
Charged with new vigor.
I should simply gaze on You
But the power of life
Is hard to resist,
And unless You take me captive,
I’m tempted to fly.

I am the beggar,
Who finding his pockets full,
Hurries off to spend his treasure.
Teach me Lord to bask
In the sunshine of Your smile.

© 2013 Joann Nelander

New – SONG OF MY SOUL

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KINDLE EDITION

Sweet Presence

You are here.
My soul drinks
Of Your Presence.
Here is sweetness pervading,
Time with no measure,
Eternity kissing the moment,
Stillness, though fleeting.
Your touch stirs the life of me.

I want to dance,
Charged with new vigor.
I should simply gaze on You
But the power of life
Is hard to resist,
And unless You take me captive,
I’m tempted to fly.

I am the beggar,
Who finding his pockets full,
Hurries off to spend his treasure.
Teach me Lord to bask
In the sunshine of Your smile.

© 2013 Joann Nelander

Remembering Fr. Thomas Dubay S.M. – RIP September 26, 2010

Our beloved Fr. Thomas Dubay died Sept.26,2010; reported here by Insight Scoop/ the Ignatius Press Blog

Imitation is the greatest form of compliment. Won’t it warm his heavenly heart to know we were are trying harder to be like his Master?

Fr. Thomas Dubay on Deep Prayer

Worth a look see but I’m having trouble embedding it, so just go see.

Background Music

The “how to” of coming to live with a charged bit of Holy Scripture playing like music in the background, amid all the happenings of your day, is relatively simple.  Like everything in life that we desire, obtaining it means we have to reach for it in some way.  This “reaching” may be reading some scripture before you go to bed or at the beginning of a day.  Perhaps,  listening closely to the Word proclaimed at Mass.  You may think, so many words.  I know it can be messy.  The secret is to simplify.  What can be simpler than inviting the One whose words they are to speak to you.  Come Holy Spirit.  Speak to my heart. In effect, the Word you are seeking will choose for you.  Remember this Word is alive.  You dialogue with someone and here our someone is the third Person of the Trinity.

The thought that stops you for an instant, that seems to sink beneath your stony surface, is the one with which to stay.  The injunction of Holy Scripture that tells us “Pray without ceasing” (1Thessalonians 5:17) indicates the Holy Spirit’s desire for this conversation.  Recall the words that were given to you.  Listen during the day.  Ask questions or just remember.  That’s the beginning.  I don’t know about you, but in one way or another,  I’m always at the beginning.