Psalm 37:1-18; Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11
The one thought that kept coming to me in all these readings is the presence of the Lord. In Psalm 37, we have the awareness of God’s presence with us when we become still. In Exodus 20, there is the experience of being in God’s presence when we follow his law as outlined in the Ten Commandments. In the reading from Colossians, we have the Apostle Paul’s awareness of God’s presence being with us specifically in the mystery of Christ working in us. Matthew 4 finds us in the desert wilderness with Jesus facing down the evil one where the word of God assures him of God’s presence with him.
Around 1970, the guitarist, Eric Clapton, wrote a song, “The Presence of the Lord.” At the time, he was with the short-lived band, Blind Faith. One line rings out from that song, “I have finally found the way to live in the presence of the Lord.” As Clapton’s life went forward from that point, one might wonder if he had really found the way to live. It was more a song of searching and seeking after God than anything else.
In these pandemic days, may we find the way to live in the presence of the Lord.
in the stillness,
in your law,
in the desert,
in the word,
for reassuring us
of your constant presence.
May you experience Christ’s love throughout your day,