At the beginning of this year I asked God to give me a word for the year. After meditating quietly for a while I got the word ‘Presence’

When Moses was in the wilderness with the Israelites he said to God that he didn’t want to journey any further if God did not come with him and God said

My presence shall go with you and I will give you rest

David in Psalm 23 says

Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil for you are with me.

When my husband David died, a dear friend told me to read psalm 23 every day for a month which I did. Even though I have known this psalm from childhood, it is so good to focus on a phrase in it and in doing so just rest in God’s presence and find comfort and strength

Many times when God called people to do something challenging he told them to not be afraid because He was with them.

We can often feel very alone at times in life. It is this which makes difficult times even more challenging. Knowing God’s presence is with us can transform a situation or at least transform us so that we feel able to carry on.

If you are struggling in life or just feel alone why don’t you find a bible and just spend a few quiet moments allowing the words to soak in and seek God’s presence. Do that for a few minutes each day and see what a difference it can make.

Author: Paula Burr

I am forever exploring and learning about life with God in the ordinary. I work full time as a university technician and union rep I am into science and music (playing the violin) as well as being involved in a number of activities in our local church in Eastbourne. This past year or so has brought many new challenges and opportunities with more time at home during Covid lockdowns and finding new ways of keeping in touch with family and friends. I have been reading much and also attempting to write a book based on the theme of hope which is something we all need for our life’s journey. It has been an adventure in itself exploring the way I have come in life and the encouragements I’ve had on the way through the good times and the times when the pathway has proved more difficult. There is much to be thankful for each day.

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