It’s interesting to me the way one day can seemingly run into another so that on some days we aren’t even sure what day of the week it is.
The world today is moving so quickly, and those of us who are concerned about what is happening can get so caught up in issues, people, our causes, our beliefs (and the list goes on), that we get overwhelmed and have to back away. How long we move away depends on our internal strength, our supports, and our faith.
In preparing for Worship this past week, I was made aware of the importance of practicing the presence of God. I learned an important lesson as I contemplated this. My belief in God is a very important part of who I am, and when I get too busy or am having a difficult time I don’t always remember God’s presence in me and others. Practicing the presence of God regularly will help me to remember God’s presence when I really need it, especially in those busy and difficult tImes.
I know it is a very simple concept and yet it is also a difficult one, or at least it is in the beginning. Like anything we accomplish in life, the more we do something, the better we are at doing it. Do I make time every day for this, do I just try to put this practice into my daily routine every time I think about it, or do I move ahead and hope that I will remember to include it in my prayers every day? I think it is probably all of the above.
In one translation of Romans 5:2-3 “we throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment God has already thrown open the doors to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Imagine that! Just when we are ready to throw ourselves open to God, we find out that God has already thrown open the doors to us. God is always there, in you, in me, in life, in everything. If I practice remembering that, I do believe that it will be so much easier to remember God’s presence no matter what is going on in my life.
I encourage everyone to practice this Presence of God and let me know how you are discovering God’s presence in your own life. I look forward to continuing the journey with you. Remember, the doors are already open…Amen! - - Chris L.