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Incognito Presence


“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God.

The world is crowded with Him

. He walks everywhere incognito.

And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate.

The real labour is to remember, to attend.

In fact, to come awake.

Still more to remain awake.” **


Advent, we wait

and watch.

Watching requires being alert.

Being alert means I notice.

I notice what is happening around me and within me.

I pay attention to

the Presence of God

in the ordinary moments of this day.

God, this Advent,

may I notice Your heart.

May I notice my heart.

Keep me alert.

Keep me awake.

Keep me aware of Your Incognito Presence.



**C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Harcourt, Inc., 1964, p. 75)


© Lane M. Arnold

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