This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
We have a prayer group at our church that’s called Talking With God. It may sound informal and maybe even presumptuous, but we think that’s the way God sees it. Here’s the way we feel. God is ever present, but we don’t always acknowledge it. We’re busy! We have more important things to do. Really? Why can’t we just take a second and say, “Hi God, thanks for being with me.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) says, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There it is … it is God’s will! When things are going well, we should give thanks for them. When things are not going well, we should give thanks for God’s presence to give us hope.
A medieval monk named Brother Lawrence wrote of his “practice of the presence of God.” That little tract (you can Google on it) describes how he recognized God’s presence, no matter what he was doing. We can do the same. I’m sensing His presence as I write this … perhaps you can sense it, too, as you read this. No matter, if we do or don’t, God is with us. Let’s try to keep that thought and say “hi” as often as we can.