One of my favorite ways to meditate is to hold an object such as a flower or leaf or a picture of a loved one and truly focus on it. It is the process of “beholding” – of being fully present to all that I can notice about the beauty and complexity of this object. I become one with it. I like to think that is the way God sees each of us. Here is such an invitation from a favorite book of mine: Faces of God by Gordon and Gladis DePree.
What would happen
if we set aside one day a week
And called it
Suppose for one day we would awaken with a sense of life as a miracle.
We would watch the sun rise with a
sense of awe;
Or listen to the rain strike the roof;
And feel the wonder of the rhythm of
Suppose we actually looked at each other;
And saw the beauty of the life force in each other;
Coordinating limb and eye
With that indefinable something called personality.
What if we really looked and saw and felt consciously;
Once a week?
What would that do for our ability to worship?