The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
but God is not there.

Stars and moons, suns and a million
planets announce the creative power
of God, but God is not there.

Words, songs, poems and sacred books
declare God's reality, but God is 
not there.

I sought God in all these ways, and more,
but God was found in none of them.

Even the houses of God, on busy street corners,
in little villages, cathedrals and store fronts,
wonder at the emptiness, for God is not
there, either.

Last night, when the house was quiet,
the children in bed, and a gentle peace
settled on the busyness of the day, I prayed
for communion with the Holy Presence,
a place and time of encounter.

I waited in the darkened room, hoping.
And then I felt a voice, not heard but felt.
"Do not fear emptiness.  I AM both emptiness and fullness.
You will always know me deep within your being.
I cannot be apart from you, nor you from me.
We are of the same breath.


  • Goldfinch60

    May your god go with you.

    • DesertWords

      Thank you for the blessing. And, yes, we go and do everything together.

    • dusk arising

      Refreshing to see words of an enlightened mind. God is within us all, we are all god.
      Too many time on MPS we read self righteous twaddle of folk sucked into the 'established' ways of spirituality.
      A very enjoyable read from start to finish and desreving of a place among my favourites.

      • DesertWords

        Thanks very much for your comments. I'm glad the poem was of interest and had meaning for you.

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