One of my favorite podcasts recently started with the following invitation.

“I am in the presence of God.
Not a God to be scared of,
but a God of compassion and love,
in whose presence I do not have to defend myself,
in whose presence I can be still.
I place myself, my worries, and my hopes,
my whole life in the hands of my loving God.

Every time I hear or read that invitation, I breathe a deep sigh of relief. My heartbeat slows, my anxiety index (is there such a thing?) drops and a warm blanket of God’s love wraps me securely.

I don’t have to defend myself. I don’t have to get out my resume. I don’t have to recite my worn-out excuses for my mistakes. I can simply be still. I can simply be. I can simply be ME. Just as I am—broken, still sinning, me. What a relief!

I am known. You are known. Completely. No hidden corners. No secrets. God knows it all.

And at the same time I am loved. You are loved. Completely, in spite of it all. That is the grace that I trust in. That is the grace that draws me back to God again and again, every time I run off to exercise my own power, my own will. It is God’s grace that always brings me home, where there is no need to defend myself, where I can simply be still, and put it all in God’s hands.

What if we were to begin our daily prayers with the above invitation this week? Reminding ourselves of God’s grace and love. It feels sooooo good.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.

God bless,