Lately I’ve been spending time in nature, in forests and along the seashore, where I am simply present, observing the world around me. I let myself be drawn to photograph whatever captures my attention.

When you spend time simply being present and really seeing what is in front of you, it’s as if you are allowing yourself to be seen. This is true in human relationships as well as in nature.

When I am fully attentive to another person, engaged with that individual, I both see and am seen. When I spend time in prayer, aware of God’s presence in my life, I am opening myself both to the awareness of God beholding me as well as to receiving the presence of the Spirit into my life.

One of the results of the pandemic is that many people have taken more time to be intentionally present to significant others, to nature, to God, and this has led to a deepening of relationships and to a sense of gratitude for the gift that is life.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ( 1 Chronicles 16:34)

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