Sister Helen Prejean answers the question in our summer book, How Can I Find God? and writes how she finds God in the faces of the poor and struggling people of the world. She has spent a lifetime serving the least of these and her service has evolved into a special passion for persons on death row and in prison and their families. Guilty or not guilty, it’s not for her to say. It’s her calling to love no matter what.
I have read her book, Dead Man Walking, and I have heard her speak here in Houston. She is truly a phenomenal woman of God’s grace and strength. I think sometimes our temptation is to almost immediately say, “well, I could never do that, so how will I find God if that’s how she did it?”
As we read through this book this summer, we might all have moments where we say, “Well, I’ve never experienced God that way” and it’s important to remember that’s ok.
Even Sister Prejean says, “I can’t function if I don’t have that sense of being at the center of myself and in the soul of my soul, so that I am truly operating from the inside out.”
She reminds us that each of us is created in the image of God and each of us has a gift and a passion that God gives us. Perhaps in finding that and staying true to who each of us is as a child of God (operating from the inside out) is part of the journey of “finding” our God, who is, actually, always present.
Do you find you have a sense of wholeness, a centeredness in God, when you operate from the inside out? What does that mean to you?