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Present

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Reading: Psalm 139: 13-18

Verse Eighteen: “When I awake, I am still with you”.

Each of us are unique creations of God’s mighty hand. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Each of our days are ordained or blessed by God. Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn’t it?!

The Psalm gives us a feeling of being intimately known by God. On our good days this does feel like a blessing. To know and to feel like God is present is reassuring and comforting. But on our days when we wrestle with the things of this world and when we sin, that presence can feel a little uncomfortable. When we stumble because our flesh is weak, it is disconcerting to know that God is present for those moments too. Yes, God is right there then too.

And then there are those times when life happens – when there is a cancer diagnosis or when someone dear passes or when our job suddenly comes to and end or… We are not the cause and we are not caught up in sin or evil, but these days come too. And in the midst of all this, God too remains present. Sometimes God even enlists helpers. Friends drop by with a meal or just to visit. The church seems to become a little closer too as people check in on you. Phone calls and texts and cards arrive from folks you forgot you knew. God’s love and care comes in many ways. The Holy Spirit even joins in, reminding us of those passages that we need to hear again. We think, along with the psalmist, “How prescious to me are your thoughts, O God”!

In our days of faithful obedience, in our days of rebellion, and in our days of trial and suffering, our one constant is God’s presence. God brings us hope and strength and reassurance and comfort and … God has been present since we were knit together and God will ever be present to us – in this life and in the life to come. Each and every day we can offer up this praise: “When I awake, I am still with you”. Thanks be to God for always being present! Amen.

2 thoughts on “Present

  1. HAVING A CHILD WITH 4TH STAGE CANCER IS VERY HARD, NOT EASY , AND MY DAUGHTER JUST AS HARD HEADED AS ME, SHE WANTS TO DO THINGS HER WAY, EVEN THOUGH WE BOTH KNOW , NEITHER OF US CAN CONTROL CANCER . NO WE CANT .
    IT GROWS , IT SPREADS AT IT WILL.
    I PRAY AND PRAY, WE ALL ARE HERE , ON GODS TIME, AND NOT OUR OWN. TODAY
    IM WEAK AND JUST WANT CRY, LIFE SHOULD BE BETTER FOR MY DAUGHTER , LESS PAIN AFTER ALL SHE WORK SO HARD ALL HER LIFE AND SERVE OUR NATIONS WITH GREAT HONORS.
    GOD GOING TO HAVE TO PULL ME TOGETHER , SO I CAN BE STRONG AND SHOW NO WEAKEST MONDAY WHEN I GET R WITH HER.
    ITS LOVE WEEK IN RAPID CITY,
    OUR CHURCH WANTS PEOPLE TO DO FOR OTHERS FOR CHRIST,
    I JUST WANT TO KEEP MY DOOR LOCK, AND STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE , JUST ME AND MY LORD.
    SOUNDS SELFISH, BUT I THINK I WILL BE TODAY, .

    THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD,WE HAIL THEE

    FLUSHING THE EASTERN SKIES,
    NEVER SHALL DARKNESS VEIL THEE ,
    AGAIN FROM HUMAN EYES, TOO LONG ALAS WITH HOLDEN, NOW SPREAD FROM SHORE TO SHORE
    THY LIGHT SO GLAD AND GOLDEN, SHALL SET ON EARTH NO MORE.

    AMEN

  2. THE INVISBLE THINGS OF HIM, FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD. ROMANS 1 V 20

    FAITH IS THE BRIGHTEST EVIDENCE OF THINGS BEYOND MY. SIGHT.. AMEN
    😊

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