Shekinah = the glory of God on earth, the revelation of God’s presence and dwelling on earth with man.
Some believe that this happens when God is pleased with His people, because they have humbled themselves and prayed before Him, accepting that He is God and making a place for Him in their busy lives.
Historically, what did this mean?
“According to Jewish tradition, the radiance of the Shechinah, with its untold blessings, “rests” upon all those who are pious and righteous. According to the ancient Rabbis, the Shekinah appears in the midst of at least a minivan of worshipers when they pray in congregation, and of two or more Jews when they engage in the study of Torah, or on a man when he recites the Shema. The Shekinah is also said to rest upon the chaste, the benevolent, and the hospitable, and upon husband and wife when they live in peace and harmony.”
But that’s all a little pie in the sky, isn’t it?
While I believe, Shekinah is about being present, standing (or kneeling, or sitting, or being prostrate before) in the presence of God on earth. I think that practising the Presence of the Divine is so much more than just that!
How do I live in this Oneness and practising presence every moment of each day?
For me, practising the presence means that we live in “oneness” with God and with all creation, at every moment of every day. But that isn’t how we usually live our lives. How often do we ask God to pull us out of the rut? Do we flee to God to ask for help because of the bind we’ve gotten ourselves into.
God wants us to live continuously in His presence. In the good times and the bad. Not just run to Him with our problems, but to pray continuously, without ceasing to Him. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds…” (Philippians 4:7). We want to live in that place of peace, in His presence. To know that God is with us. And so, we need to separate time and space for God, to be with Him… to search for Him… to take time out and sit and meditate on His word and His teachings… and seek His face.
Divine Presence is my personal blog about the daily struggle to learn what it means to live in Oneness. It is about all the reasons to live each day in Oneness with the Presence of God. It is learning to “pray without ceasing” about being “One” as “I and the Father are One”.