Practising the Presence of God (Sunday 19 March)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
(Romans 12.1 The Message)
How easy it is for us to forget to be with God in every part of our lives. Our inclination towards dividing the sacred and secular means we can make the mistake of assuming we are only with Godwhen we are in church, reading the Bible or praying. But do we look for God in other areas of our lives?
As you go about your day, whether in church or not, make a point of placing your life before God wherever you are and being aware of his presence. Perhaps God might want to speak to you through conversations with friends, through music you listen to, TV or films that you watch or just in the silent spaces today brings.
‘God is still in the business of coming down to earth: to this cubicle, this email, this room, this house, this job, this hospital room, this car, this bed, this vacation. Any place can become Bethel, the house of God. Cleveland, maybe. Or the chair you're sitting in as you read these words.’
(John Ortberg God Is Closer Than You Think)
Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us
Father, Son and Spirit, Three
Forgive the ill that we have done
Forgive the pride that we have shown
Forgive the words that have caused harm that we might sleep peaceably and rise refreshed to do your will
Through the dark hours of this night protect and surround us Father, Son and Spirit, Three
(A Celtic Blessing)