Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jeremiah 10:11-24; Psalms 42,43; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

Wow! Having just read and reread the Scripture and passages underlying this devotion bring one thing to my mind. It’s one thing I constantly struggle with in my faith and relationship with God, that being this: laying my sins and transgressions and myself out there leaving myself vulnerable and in God’s hands. There is something about needing to be in control of the situation and my surroundings that gets in the way of letting it all go and in his hands. It’s just not my nature. Maybe it’s not yours as well. If so, there is solace that it’s not just me.

To me, God’s presence abounds at times of thanks for blessing me. And oh, have I been blessed! My wife, Mary, our kids and family, friends and acquaintances, my career (and its benefits), and Saint Matthew’s are all clear visible signs that I have been blessed. His presence is usually felt even more when things aren’t going right. When I pray, lay out my sins and troubles and ask for his help, that is when I feel his presence the most. I feel more at ease, and the burden is no longer on my shoulders alone.

Each of us is unique and has talents which can be used to let God work in and through you and me. I try to help people in their daily lives by using my God-given talents to help them when they are in need. I can’t (and probably shouldn’t try) to do it all, though sometimes I do. It’s through these efforts that I see and feel God’s presence in my life. If I had one comment, it would be to leverage your talent(s) and employ them the way God would want you to, and see what a difference it can make. It’s then that I see and feel God and know he’s there. It seems to work for me.

Bob Petersen

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