I wonder if there is someone you simply enjoy being around because their very presence just makes things better, happier or more peaceful.
For my daughter, her favourite soft toy is a small rabbit – blanket type thing we call Bunny (highly inventive I know). When she has Bunny she is calmer, more content, in fact, on some nights without Bunny (in the wash) she won’t sleep as well. Bunny clearly has a powerful presence.
Every night before bed we pray that Eleanor will know God's peace, His grace and mercy and know God's comfort and love. If we were to boil down what we are praying it is that, even as young as she is, she would know God's presence because when we know God's presence everything changes.
The new Sunday morning sermon series is all about God's presence. We will be following the life of Moses, from his encounter with God through a burning bush to him leading the Israelites out of Egypt across the Red Sea. Then through the wilderness to Mount Sinai and then on to God's very presence dwelling amongst His people in the tabernacle.
When we consider the whole of scripture we see time and time again a God who desires to presence Himself with His children. Whether walking in the cool of the day in Eden (Genesis 3:8), wrestling with Jacob through the night (Genesis 32:22-32), guiding the Israelites through the desert by fire and cloud, or in humility and love coming to Earth as a child in Bethlehem (Luke 2:16). Our God has pursued us even to the death and resurrection of His own Son!
1 Peter 3:18 reads, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit".
As we explore God's presence in the coming weeks, may our prayer be that we would see with fresh eyes the lengths Christ went to on our behalf so that we might know His presence, and that acknowledging and learning of God's presence in our lives truly is of utmost importance for His glory and for our joy.