With

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

The Dalai Lama tells us that “The ultimate source of happiness is within us.” (The Book of Joy)
My Hindu neighbor tells me that “True consciousness is waking up to God within us.”
My Christian mantra is “The Lord be with you.” And the response is “And also with you.”

This word “with” is worth some reflection.

We are joined to Christ in the waters of baptism. We are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Thanksgiving for Baptism, page 97)

Being with God is more than how we think about wine with dinner or being in bed with the flu. It is an intimate understanding of God dwelling within us.

Our Christian humility (or our personal insecurities) often get in the way of us truly embracing what this means:

If God is indeed within us, living out of this centeredness is at the core of what it means to live in faith.

Think about this in daily life: God is with us and within us in all we do.

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