From The Pastor's Pen
AN IPSWICH CHURCH
From The Pastor's Pen
In His Presence
I think we’ve all experienced times when we really longed to see a particular person. For whatever
reason they are absent from us and we just want to be with them again.
It may have been during our courting years when we were separated from that special person
because we were studying or working in a distant place. Maybe it’s about absent family – brothers,
sisters, parents, children or grandchildren. They are living in another country perhaps and the Covid
reality makes reunion impossible. We’d love to give our California grandsons some big hugs –
whether they want them or not – but we simply can’t and it will be the case for some time yet.
The separation may be of a more permanent nature as we have lost a loved one in that impassable
gulf created by death. Often, this is the hardest separation of all.
Truth is that the loss of the actual physical presence of a loved one is really difficult and at particular
times harder still. Of course, we can have some contact – phone calls, Skype, Zoom, Facetime – even
cards and letters (remember them?) – but it’s never the same as the actual physical presence, is it?
As much as we might long for the physical presence of another person there is another presence to
seek after just as passionately. This is the presence of the Living God.
God has made certain promises to us about His presence.
In Psalm 46:7 it says – “The Lord Almighty is with us.” Then in Psalm 16:11 we read – “In Your
presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Zephaniah 3:17 promises us – “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He
will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud
There is the wonderful promise of Jesus in Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with
Me.” and then again in Matthew 28:20 – “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
And we cannot forget the promises of enduring life in the presence of God at the end of this journey
on earth – John 14:2 – “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you?”
In our human experience there is often little or anything we can do about experiencing the physical
presence of a loved one but the good news is that we are never ever separated from the One who
loves us – who loves us more than any other loves us.
We are called to seek him with all our hearts but He has also already sought us out. He has gathered
us to Himself as a true Good Shepherd.
Let us find ourselves daily in His presence. It is not difficult to sense Him but you may have to actively
push aside some of the things of this world to be aware of it. Spend time in prayer and reflection,
read His Word, play some worship music, sit quietly in the midst of His creation – regularly do what
you know works for you to be aware of the awesome presence of our loving God.