Grace United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Paul Hahm

Hello Friends,
I often hear stories from people about "God moments." It usually begins with a difficult or impossible scenario, then suddenly something profound, emotional, or miraculous happens to point out that God turned the tide. These are wonderful accounts of God's faithfulness but always left me wondering, why does this happen for some people at sometimes, but not with other people at other times? Does God show up at God's whim or only when certain circumstances align perfectly?
Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk in the 17th century in France. He believed God was always present but it was a matter of us, cultivating a habit of seeing and experiencing God. In his book "The Practice of the Presence of God," he "insisted that, to be constantly aware of God's presence, it is necessary to form the habit of continually talking with Him throughout each day. To think that we must abandon conversation with Him in order to deal with the world is erroneous. Instead, as we nourish our souls by seeing God in His exaltation, we will derive a great joy at being His." Join us starting Sunday February 18 for our Lenten sermon series, "Practicing the Presence of God." We'll examine different ways to be in tune with throughout the day and throughout different circumstances life throws at us.
Grace and peace,