On a starlit night, walking on the city streets, we might imagine what the universe would be like if the city were to disappear and we were alone in the darkness of the sky with only the stars as our companions. We might then try to imagine what we would see and feel if the stars also disappeared. We would be alone in a vast blackness and silence. If then even we suddenly were not present in the blackness and silence, nothing would exist; nothing ever would exist; and there would never be anyone to know that anything could exist. We would be looking into the void. In this way we can discover a God who simply is, the One who created everything else, the “I Am.”
One of the firmest reasons for believing in God is that everything in creation is a happening that need not have been and is perishable. Nothing would continue to be without God. From moment to moment, his love holds all creation in existence.
Hold me in the palm of your hand, Lord. You have said through your prophet that my name is written there. When I doubt your presence or concern for me, remind me that you have called me into existence and to life with you.