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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Good morning. I have been preaching on the book of Esther for quite a number of weeks and today's sermon concludes this preaching series. You can listen to the sermon by following this link:
 
 
And the following is the second part of a devotional by Revd. Valentina Emmanuel:
 

May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord.

Psalm 104:34

TO FEEL GOD'S PRESENCE PART 2

Hello dear friends.

This week we continue to explore different ways to connect with our living and loving God. 

Let us meditate first on this beautiful psalm:

Praise the Lord from the earth,

all sea monsters and ocean depths,

lightning and hail, snow and cloud,

stormy wind that executes his command,

mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

wild animals and all cattle,

creatures that crawl and flying birds,

kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all judges of the earth,

young men as well as young women,

old and young together.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted.

His majesty covers heaven and earth.

Psalm 148

Every part of creation sings His glory. From the clouds⛅️ in the sky to the beautiful green and yellow honeyeaters who sing a beautiful Melody early in the morning from the fragrance of the very breath of spring to the glory of autumn leaves. from the tiny ant to the great eagle, The earth sings His praise, and we were made to do the same.We were made for worship!

Last week we looked at ways that people who love to be in nature can feel God’s presence, this week we would like to try some of the other ways if you are someone who loves God with your senses.

If you are like me and love different languages Listen to worship music from all different countries and get a preview of heaven, praising God with brothers and sisters from “every tribe and every tongue!

Light a candle during your devotions or use beautiful essential oils to engage your smell in the act of worship as well.

Absorb worship-producing art by meditating on God’s Truth as revealed in the art (painting, sculpture, film, music) we experienced this in our coloring group by the name of: God’s beautiful colors. in the church and how the Lord lovingly ministered to us through His word, and through His beautiful colours.

Make art as an act of worship!

Pray in various positions: standing, sitting, kneeling, dancing, laying face-down, walking.

Make your favorite cup of coffee or tea and share it with God while you talk about your day.

When reading a Bible passage imagine the scene in your mind: listen for the seagulls, feel the scorching sun on your face, taste the fish, hear the thunder, smell the smoke… become one of the characters in the story and recreate the scene in your mind (this practice is commonly called lectio divina)

Have rest on your favourite sofa or chair and invite God to that moment. Ask Him to hold you, feel His presence, enjoy resting in His sweet presence.

Why don’t you try some of these ways these coming week, you may be surprised as the Lord speaks to your heart.

Next week by His grace we look At more ways to feel God’s presence.

May the Holy Spirit guide you as you seek the living God.

Amen in Jesus most mighty Name

Valentina Emmanuel

 
Revd. Joseph Emmanuel
Priest in Charge 
St Paul's Westmeadows/Bulla
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