This isn’t complicated. We simply start saying, “I love you” as we turn our attention towards him for a moment or two. As I do so I find it helpful to recall some reason I love God: his goodness, the beauty of the world (ninety thousand caribou stacked up for a river crossing), a kindness I recently received. “God is the creator of everything I love.” Just repeat that to yourself, “God is the creator of everything I love.”
Reminding yourself that God is the one who brought into existence the very things you love is a wonderful reminder to your soul of the intimacy between God’s heart and yours. You love the same things! Did you know that? Close friends love the same things; lovers love the same things. Go on and think of something else that delights your heart—laughter, beauty, your favorite things in nature, a childhood fairytale. Beginning with the things we love is the way back towards God.
As you go through your normal day, practice saying “I love you” to God. Not once, but repeating it as you turn your heart toward him. Saying “I love you”—either out loud or quietly in the sanctuary of our inner life—causes our heart to follow; our being begins to enter into the act of loving. We turn our thoughts towards him—our Father, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. We turn towards him in the pauses of our day.
In loving him, we are able to receive him. As we receive him, we realize again how wonderful he truly is. Our heart enlarges for him, our union is strengthened, and we can receive more of him.