God Is With Us

January 14, 2013

Today’s Reflection

THE MOST AUDACIOUS, enlivening, freeing, joy-creating, humbling, life-transforming reality of the Christian faith is not that God will be with us, but that God is here, right now. God is here in the midst of suffering, in the midst of short-coming, in the midst of triumph, in the midst of our greatest fulfillment, and in the midst of our brokenheartedness.

- Gregory S. Clapper
When the World Breaks Your Heart

From page 105 of When the World Breaks Your Heart, by Gregory S. Clapper. Copyright © 1999 by Gregory S. Clapper. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When have you felt God’s presence in your life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22, NRSV

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Jill January 14, 2013 at 3:34 am

Yesterday I was wrestling with voices in my head. Voices that were strongest in the past, obviously the voice of Satan and the voice of the Spirit. After some faltering, I was compelled to follow the Spirit. Certainly the presence of Christ. And He empowered me to do what is right – although my inclinations initially were to stay in the old pattern of behavior.

Thank You Father for Your presence, always. I know Your voice – further empower me to always obey. I believe, I long to do Your will, help my unbelief. Thank You for Your faithfulness – Great is Thy Faithfulness. Yes and amen.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 14, 2013 at 5:52 am

Father God, loving those who are good and obedient is easy but grant me unconditional love for those who are difficult to love just like you love us unconditionally.

Thank you Father God that you are constantly with us and know our every need and know each of us so well that you even know the number of our hair on our head. In fact, you know us better than we know ourselves. Therefore, I surrender totally to you, have thine own way, O Lord, in me.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 14, 2013 at 6:05 am

Yes, I felt God’s presence so near when I seek Him for guidance when making important decisions in life, when I prayer, or at a silent retreat, at Emmaus walk, worshiping him, reading his word, listening to a sermon, or writing a reflective paper at the seminary, writing my journal, counting my blessings or just playing piano and singing hymns when I am down but sometimes I also felt God at a distance. It is like “where is God? ” especially when I am going through very stressful and difficult times in life. But when I reflected, I realized God has sent help many times and He is always faithful and rescued me just in time.

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robert moeller January 14, 2013 at 6:49 am

I feel God in church services, the feeling has become stronger over time.
I’m urged to sing hymns all through the day, that’s God with me too.
Search and you shall find, knock and it will be opened unto you. Be aware, God is always there.

Truly being Christian means we love others as God loves us. Lord may we do as you do that your love is known by all the people of your creation. As the body of Christ we can do no other. In your name I pray, Amen.

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