Mary’s Song: Our Hymn of Praise  |  By Steve Cothran
Week 2, Day 8  |  December 6

In Scripture, God’s presence is felt in many ways. Sometimes it is mysterious: “How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked.

Sometimes it is real and concrete: “When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’”Sometimes it is obvious: “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you…Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”

And sometimes it is almost imperceptible: “A great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks…but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

God’s presence is felt in many ways in our lives too. Sometimes it is obvious in the grandeur and beauty of a sunrise or sunset or in the intricate balance of a raindrop hanging on a flower petal, sometimes mysterious, and sometimes bringing real peace and healing to our fractured lives.
God’s presence all around us calls us to Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Stop. Look. Listen. And praise God!

PRAYER:  Almighty God, the heavens and earth display your glory! Open my eyes to see, and open my heart to join in the chorus of praise! Amen.

Steve Cothran is a member of the pastoral staff where he works with students and families. He and his wife Nancy came to FBC in 2001 with their 3 children, Raleigh, Robyn, and Marina.