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Passenger planes being shot down by missiles.  Peace shattered in Israel and Palestine.  Mass shootings in various parts of the country.  Ongoing battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Everywhere you turn there seems to be violence, hatred, and death.  These realities in the world can be overwhelming.  As a person looks at all of this, it is easy to come to the conclusion that God is not here.  It would not be the first time in our history that people came to such a conclusion; remember the “God is Dead” statements from a few decades ago?  But this conclusion could not be farther from the truth.

This last Sunday we heard about a man named Jacob who was fleeing for his life.  He felt all alone and had no sense of where to go or what future might exist.  He laid down his head to attempt to get some rest before he continued his flight journey.  During the night he had a vision which appeared to open to the very throne room of God.  God spoke to Jacob and affirmed promises of home and future to Jacob.  God also made a promise that I think we need to hear today, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”  (Genesis 28:15, NIV)  God was still with Jacob even during scary and dangerous times.  God is still here now.

As a believer, I need to continue to pray about the situations in the world that are scary and dangerous.  I need to continue to pray for those impacted by the events of violence, hatred, and injustice.  I need to question why these events continue to occur and seek ways to prevent them.  However, I must never lose sight of the promise that God gave Jacob and gives to all of us today; God’s unending presence with us.  Whether it be on a global scale or the raging battles in my life, God has not abandoned us.

GOD IS STILL HERE!

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