"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, ESV).
Family, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go! On this 17th Day of our Dedication, I implore you to celebrate the fact that your God is WITH YOU! Thank Him for that. Praise Him for that. Bless Him because of that. I felt encouraged to share a reading from a guide to prayer for ministers that I have. I hope it blesses you:
"But God is present in reality no matter what unreality our practices and our ponderings imply. He is forever trying to establish communication; forever aware of the wrong directions we are taking and wishing to warn us; forever offering solutions for the problems that baffle us; forever standing at the door of our loneliness, eager to bring us such comradeship as the most intelligent living mortal could not supply; forever clinging to our indifference in the hope that someday our needs, or at least our tragedies will waken us to respond to his advances. The Real Presence is just that, real and life-transforming. Nor are the conditions for the manifestation of his splendors out of the reach of any of us!"
- Taken from THE CAPTIVATING PRESENCE by Albert Edward Day
Beloved, if you belong to the Lord, simply know and be aware that He is always with you and always working in you and around you.
-Pastor Tim Escamilla