Stories of extraordinary experiences can leave us feeling on the outside—such moments of intense awareness of presence are rare and fleeting. And yet, we all have our inklings of something more, the surprise of God in the midst of the everyday. Any deep experience, when we take time to reflect on it and appropriate it, will disclose to us “the beyond in the midst” in Bonhoeffer’s happy phrase. Love, birth, death, a child, nature, music, goodness and so on—all tokens of the something more which draws us on.
God of surprises, you are the beyond in the midst of life, always there to take us by surprise and delight us with your presence. Amen, amen!
Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA