“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love." Jn 15:9
Having someone near, especially in difficult circumstances, can be important and helpful. Knowing we are not alone reminds us that another will walk with and help us interpret whatever life brings. More important, Jesus promises us that his presence will never fail, that there is nothing we can do to turn God away from us. We can ignore or forget God's love, but God cannot forget us.
It is important to recall God's fidelity, especially when nothing about God or church feels right. Sometimes, stumbling through the dark woods of life's struggle, we can be distracted and doubt God's mercy, but the scriptures are forever reminding us that just as God loves Jesus, Jesus loves us.
It is also critical to have spiritual practices that remind us to turn each day, even several times a day, to God and seek God's understanding and intercession. Some do this by praying the Angelus morning, noon and evening. Others begin the day with five or ten minutes of quiet reflection, stop midday to honor God and end he day with an act of contrition and a prayer to sleep well. The form of our prayer is not as important as its regularity. Developing habits of prayer assure us that every day we will pause to remember the God who remains in and sustains us in life and grace.
Today, find a few moments to thank God for God's fidelity to us through the Spirit.
What practices do you have that help you remain in God as God remains in you?