Divine Presence

June 5, 2013

Today’s Reflection

GOD IS the God of the future, and that is good news to our longing for something better to come. But the truly radical good news resides in the fact that God is not content to rest up until kingdom come. “I am with you” declares, among other things, that matters dear to God’s heart like justice and love, compassion and righteousness, are God’s pressing desires for the current day. God’s presence affirms that we have not been left behind or abandoned to fend for ourselves. Divine presence provides notice of God’s transformation of this world for the good. Jesus’ life and ministry serves as that notice made incarnate for our sake and for the sake of this God-filled world. As individuals and communities who follow Jesus, God invites us to make those our priorities as we trust holy presence to dispel fear and lead us on the way ahead.

- John Indermark

Do Not Live Afraid

From pages 27-28 of Do Not Live Afraid: Faith in a Fearful World by John Indermark. Copyright © 2009 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What specific ways do you see God’s presence involved in issues of justice and love? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Psalm 146:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are discouraged. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Boniface
(June 5).

Lectionary Readings

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Jill June 5, 2013 at 3:40 am

God’s presence is made known by individual who display inordinate amounts of compassion in situations and settings that are neglected. The “fire within” is set aflame by the Holy Spirit and faith propels individuals to act.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 5, 2013 at 6:40 am

God’s love is showered upon everyone, those who know Him and those who have not yet known Him. He sents rain and sunshine to everyone.

However, He blessed the upright and those who obey Him.

Proverbs 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

God’s presence is with the upright – Joseph’s life described in the Bible is a good example.

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Betsy June 5, 2013 at 7:24 am

Jesus showed us by example that he ministered to “the least, the poor, the downtrodden”, not just the clean, middle/upper class, chuch going folk. That is a true model of Christian junstice! I would hope I could do the same.

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Gary June 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

Intercessory prayer in attention to the special needs of specific persons.

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