Saturday, 4 January 2014

Distant Kings? Distant God?

 
At prayer meeting the other day a newcomer, a middle aged man we’d never met before, said he was about to celebrate his 27th Wedding Anniversary. We all congratulated him.

He said like all marriages, his had its ups and downs, including arguments and silent treatments, but overall it was OK. For their 25th Anniversary he took his wife to Paris. He said the last two years were the happiest of his marriage.

“How will you celebrate your 27th?” he was asked.

“I’m returning to Paris to bring the wife back!”

Absence makes the heart grow fonder – they say. Or - out of sight out of mind.

It all depends on your point of view.

Sometimes, wrongly, we feel God has ignored us. He is not listening. Abandoned us even. So we give Him the silent treatment. Stop praying. Stop going to church. And eventually we may drift away. We become distant. Out of sight, and out of prayer, is out of mind too.

If only we stop and think. When we feel distanced from God it is only because we have moved away. He has not left us. He is always there. Ready to welcome us back in His arms with love and forgiveness.

The three wise men followed a star and travelled a long distance to find God. May we too follow our Faith and realise that God is only a prayer away.
 
I will be with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20.

9 comments:

  1. The men in the family are still laughing Victor!
    But seriously, your comments are spot on! So childish of us, right? Considering He forgives us all,

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    1. That's true Noelle. We distance ourselves from God rather than rely on His love and forgiveness.

      God bless you and yours.

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  2. That is my favorite bible verse of all! Once I trusted that Jesus is always with me, I never question it any more. And you are so right. When It feels like God is absent, we are the ones who turned away!

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    1. That verse from Matthew gives so much hope, especially in difficult times.

      God bless you Colleen.

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  3. Such a comforting thought to start the New Year. Thank you Victor, and God Bless.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours Michael.

      God bless you.

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    1. Best wishes to you and your family Hand-Maid, this New Year.

      God bless.

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  5. Great way to start the New year. Thanks Victor.

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