“Have you ever referred to God as “the Man upstairs”? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the “second storey” of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives.
In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God’s living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life—and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you’ve always dreamed of.”
I’m really enjoying this book. I think you will see how it influenced the story I’m about to tell. Mario and Krista’s baby boy was born yesterday. I have a beautiful picture of the three of them. Unsure how to pray today I held the photo before the icon of the Theotokos to allow them to “gaze upon one another” and to share my greatest joy with them. I sent my family a photo of the photo before the icon w this message. “ Icons make visible the unseen reality. Enjoy God’s delight as he gazes upon your family. Wonder at God deciding to come to us in the tiny package that is today your son. And wonder at what he will become under God’s watchful care.”
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