Friday, August 6, 2010

Privilege of Presence

During this summer of the reframing project, I find myself thinking of childhood memories.  I suppose because the framing of many of my thoughts on faith, fun, rest, relationships, and more were formed, at least partially, during those years.

Today, I thought of the joy I felt while sitting in the kitchen watching as my mother prepared meals for the family or for one of her catering jobs.  I can still feel the sense of contentment that sprang from simply sitting in the same space with Mama.

Being in Mama's presence yielded more than contentment.  Without trying hard, I mimicked her cooking skills.  From preparation to presentation, I learned how to produce a  family meal.

As I recall those moments, sometime words bubbled up from my lips.  At other times, I quietly watched without a word spoken.  The privilege of being in Mama's presence alone  brought joy to this girl, one of seven children.

Words in the Psalms remind me of the privilege of being in the presence of the Lord.   Like the fragrant smells of apple/peach cobbler and freshly prepared potato salad, the fragrance of the  Bread of Life brings joy to this girl, one of multitudes of children.
"And here I am, your invited guest - it's incredible!  I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, waiting for directions to get me safely  through enemy lines." Psalm 5:7-8

"Silence is praise to you, Zion-swelling God, and also obedience.  You hear the prayer in it all.  Psalm 65:1-2

"...Drop everything and listen as he speaks..."  Psalm 95:7

"Those who trust in God are like Zion Mountain: nothing can move it, a rock solid mountain you can always depend on."  Psalm 125:1

What brings you into the throne room of God?



  1. These scriptures are so strong and make me wonder if I'm a bit too weak kneed at times. My God is King! Do I live like that? Do I listen to him as a King! Do I trust him as a King. A good King, a wealthy King, a powerful King, an all-knowing King! ~ Thanks for sharing. I'll think about how I am in his prescence and whose prescence it is I am in!

  2. Stephani, your acknowledgment of the King leaves my asking the same question: do I live like He is King - Lord over all? I continue to grab hold of Grace to get me there...