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Seeing, Feeling, and Touching God

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By Dr. Kay Carney

The beauty of faith and the presence of God in our lives is constant, although our commitment to believing, understanding and knowing God may escape us when facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. It is not uncommon for us to question God or God's presence when tragedy strikes or when the depth of our emotional pain knows no boundaries. How often do we hear the phrase, "Why would God allow such an awful thing to happen?" Conversely, we often hear praises for God when challenges are overcome: "Thank God for blessing me with a job so I can feed my family." What we often fail to remember is that God loves us unconditionally, through good times and bad. And so as God loves us, so should we love God. He forgives us when we blame Him for our problems, and when we neglect to praise Him and give thanks for our many blessings.

So deep is God's love for us, that it's often hard for us to believe that we are deserving of His mercies. We see the presence of God every day: whether it's in the eyes of our children or the warm smile of a stranger, God is everywhere. And by deepening our faith and trusting in the Lord, we can see God ... and feel God ... and touch God. There is always hope through the endurance of faith. Let us lift ourselves and one another unto the Lord, knowing that we are embraced by His loving-kindness at all times ... in all ways.

Dr. Kay Carney is San Francisco Theological Seminary's vice president of communications.

 

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