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Focus on Immanuel, God With Us

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, September 17, 2015

IMMANUEL Isaiah 7 God with us

Focus on Immanuel, God With Us

Today’s Name of God? This is one of the words I have used a number of times in the past for meditation and Centering Prayer! Really. Really and truly. Yes, my word—Name of God for today is Immanuel.

Except—I couldn’t quite focus, or settle down to pray in depth. I set my alarm for twenty minutes. Yes. I sat in my comfortable computer chair (with back support). Yes. But as I tried to settle and pray and focus on “Immanuel,” my silly brain kept skittering off in all directions.

“Immanuel” comes from Isaiah, chapter 7: “14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.“ This Name means “God with us,” a particularly meaningful Name to me. For years, when I recalled this Name of God, I’ve known God is not far away, distant or remote. That thought is not only reassuring but also comforting. My God is present, and right by my side.

It was rainy this afternoon and evening, with a powerful storm blowing through the city. I spent a while on the road, especially coming back from a late lunch south of downtown. Yes, I remembered all that about God. I wasn’t concentrating on the mighty and powerful aspects of God, but on the loving, nurturing and comforting part.

Immanuel, God with us. God with me. Dear God, thank You for being there for me. Thank You for loving and caring for me, so much that You would come alongside of me. No matter what.

@chaplaineliza

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Not Just Here, but God is Everywhere!

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, April 27, 2015

God bigger plan for me

Not Just Here, but God is Everywhere!

Sometimes, some people tell me that they are a little puzzled by certain books in the Old Testament. Or, especially certain scripture passages in those books. It is true. Those views about Jeremiah 23 can be puzzling, indeed. Sometimes, the views on different bible verses are unclear. Or, obscure. Or, even wrong-headed.

Here, in Jeremiah 23, the prophet demands to know what is the matter with prophecy. Sure enough, claims of serving false prophets linger. What I focused on was verses 23 and 24, where the prophet is kidding around about God. “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?” In other words, the reader hears that God is not just a local God, a parochial deity, but the God who fills the heavens and the earth.

The God who is personal enough to care for each and every individual on earth is also the God who made a cosmic difference, made heaven and earth, and goes above and beyond anything anyone can possibly understand.

I am astounded, amazed, and touched. My God is even more marvelous than I could ever ask or imagine. Thanks, Lord! Thank You so very much.

@chaplaineliza

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