“The Presence of God”
Scripture Reading – 2 John 1:12, 1 John 1:1-4
Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face-to-face, so that our joy may be complete.
At only thirteen verses, 2 John is the shortest book in the Bible. So short in fact, that in the final greeting, John wanted to make sure the recipient of his letter knew that he had much more to say, but that he wanted to wait until they could talk face-to-face, thus making their joy complete.
Modern technology may make it possible for us to communicate while we are apart, but we all know it is no substitute for being face-to-face. What John is talking about, is presence. And, the importance of presence was something that John wrote a lot about.
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:1-4
Take a moment to read that passage again. Notice how important it is for John to let his readers know that he is giving witness to the Truth, that he has personally seen, and touched, and heard. That God became present to us in the flesh is the foundation of our faith. By the time of Jesus’ birth, the Old Testament had already been written, but God had so much more to say, that paper and ink would no longer suffice.
God so desires to make our joy complete that Jesus comes to be present with us, face-to-face. And, in the gentle face of our God, we find ourselves held captive by eyes of grace and love. In Jesus, God draws near to hear the depths of our heart. His eyes see our pain and his hands reach out to us with the healing power of God’s love.
As we begin a new week, I encourage you to find some time to simply sit in the presence of God. Listen and be listened to. See and be seen. Allow yourself to be held in God’s enfolding arms of love.
God Bless You!