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One thing from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations last weekend has lodged itself in my head: the refrain “I am here, I am here, I am with you” from the song “The Call of Wisdom” sung at the service of thanksgiving. It has succeeded in reminding of the truth engraved above our kitchen door “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.” Even when I fail, to trust, to obey, to care, to listen, God says (among other things) “I am with you.”

Reading this post helped me make another connection more consciously than before: that when God says, “Do not be afraid.” he doesn’t normally proceed to give at least three very good reasons (naturally all beginning with the same letter) why, in the light of his revelation, being afraid is an utterly ridiculous state for anyone who claims to follow him. Rather, he simply says, again and again, “I am with you.” (more…)

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