High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Knowing God Through Practicing God's Presence

nowing God can take practice.  Some people have the gift of knowing God's presence, but for most of us, it takes practice, finding ways each day to pay attention to God's presence in the world and attune to God's actions in our own lives. 


Sometimes in the midst of all the tasks of the day we might feel that we don’t have time to pray or connect with God. Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant branch of faith, was known to say, “I have so much to do today that I'm going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.”  Now that worked for Martin Luther, but it may not work for us. So another approach is to practice the presence of God throughout the day.


Henri Nouwen, Dutch theologian and priest, recounts his frustration experienced in being asked to count and wash raisins in the monastery kitchen. This wasn’t how he thought he’d be spending his time. He imagined long hours in prayer in the chapel.  But what he discovered was that praying through the task, practising the presence of God in the mundane, was a gift. This is the wisdom taught by Brother Lawrence, who lived in the 1600s and was known as the Kitchen-Table saint.


While we may set aside specific time for prayer, we can also engage with God in every task through the day, while weeding or ironing, plowing fields or quilting, baking bread or chopping onions. Carry on a conversation with God, sharing what is in your heart and listening for a quiet infusion of wisdom and wonder.


Knowing God isn’t something that just happens for most of us. Like anything else in life that we want to be good at, it takes practice.


Consider this week how you practice the presence of God throughout each day.


With love and prayers,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

High River United Church – a community of help, home & hope





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