“How good, Lord, to be here!”



There’s something incredibly awesome when you realize that you’re standing in the presence of the Lord!

You can know that God’s filling you with His presence every time you take a breath.You can know that God’s listening to every word that you say. You can know that God’s coming down out of Heaven to feed you, and nourish you, and forgive you, and strengthen you for what’s coming next. And, as we listen to this week’s message, “How good, Lord, to be here!” , we are reminded that the “gift” of that kind of relationship with God is one of the most precious gifts that we can ever offer to a child – to a grandchild – or to a friend.

I don’t know what kind of challenges, or difficulties, or tragedies you – or the people that you love – are going to face in life. I do know that you love your kids and your grand-kids with all your  heart, and that you probably have friends that you’d walk across a hot bed of coals to help. But, I also know (and this is hard for us to admit) that there are going to be times in life when we’re not going to be able to be where we want to be.

I’ll be sharing a part of my own story in this message – a story about the night when my best friend died in a fiery automobile crash while I watched in horror. I’ll talk about the night when I stood outside of a church and beat on the doors until my hands bled. And I’ll tell you about why is was no “accident” that things unfolded that way on a horrible night.

There’s something incredibly awesome when you realize that you are standing in the presence of the Lord! And, there’s something just as incredible about having the chance to sow life-giving seeds that will sprout as God waters them, and that will grow and flourish and bloom in the lives of people that we love.