A Living, Personal Presence - Pastor Bob Luhn - June 5th, 2018

I read 2 Corinthians 3:16 Monday morning. After describing the “veil” that remained over the spiritual eyes of people who do not turn to God, Paul then shares the good news of those who do turn to Him. In the Message version he writes, “They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone.”  God is a Person and like all personal relationships sometimes I feel closer to Him and other times very far away. It is natural to have ebbs and flows in any relationship. I love those times when the Lord seems so close that I just want to linger in His presence. That happened for me last Sunday during worship. I really lost awareness of the congregation and was caught up in a sense of His very near presence. I could have basked in that loving warmth all day. Of course there are those other times when I agree with Mother Teresa who often called Jesus, “The Absent One.” Whether He is near or far, whether it is light or dark, God is. He’s a real person and we can talk to Him like any other person, though hearing Him speak back to us is a little more difficult. But He does speak, through His Word, through creation, through the hug of a friend, through a kind word, through a song. God wants to talk with us and make Himself known. He is not a chiseled stone! He is a “living, personal presence” and I for one, seek His presence more than anything else.

Pastor Bob Luhn