Where’s God?

January 3, 2010

We sat down this morning in the pew at church, and Brady suddenly asked, “Where’s God?”.  Chris and I, along with several others around us, where rather stunned by the question.  I saw a few smiles and heard a few laughs.  One man answered, “he’s not here.”  I did not have any time to answer or respond because the music started and mass began. 

No offense to the man in front of us, but I do believe his answer was wrong.  The answer I wanted to give Brady and the answer I believe in is, “He’s right here, kiddo!”.  He’s here right in front of you…in you, in me, in Daddy, in Abby, and in all the people gathered around us in this church.  I wanted to tell him that God is in this beautiful, sunny day. I wanted to tell him that God is “every where you look”…in your friends, in your grandparents, in your aunts and uncles, and in your cousins.  He is in the people you admire and look up to like your buddy, Robbie. 

It is only now as I am reflecting back on this moment that I realize I never responded to Brady’s question. I am left pondering:  How do I relay this answer to my almost three year old son?

So, for all of us, how would you answer the question of “Where’s God?” if someone posed it to you?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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2 Comments

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Williams

    What an exciting question! I think I’d say that God is right where he always is waiting for you to join Him in His work. What a wonder to consider that he is all things!

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  2. Ryan

    If Fr. Tom was responding to Brady’s question, who was saying Mass? Tell that guy to get to work!

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