God is present to us always—in celebration and mourning, when we welcome it and when, maybe, we’d rather not admit to what we’re doing or thinking. “Surely the darkness shall hide me,” the psalmist imagines saying. From Adam and Eve in the garden thinking they can hide from God until today, we human persons have wrestled with what theologians call immanence. That is, God is not just something distant up in the clouds, but with us, around us, always. It’s something I can know without really being able to explain why. There is no hiding from God, and this is a blessing beyond imagining. Because when I am rebelling against what I think God wants for me, that’s when I need God’s presence most of all. What a blessing to be fully known.
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