Bible, Prayer

If Your Presence Does Not Go With Us…


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Moses said to the LORD, ‘You have been telling me. “Lead these people,” but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, “I know you by name and you have found favour with me.” If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favour with You. Remember that this Nation is Your people.

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Then Moses said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

Exodus 33: 12-15

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Not emotional keys at meeting end

Nor goosebumps in liturgical gems

  Not prayer-line moment or anointed man

Nor earthly blessing, you understand 

Not Royal connection,

Primeminister or King

Nor celebrity favour or Green Room bling 

Not spring-time harvest or repartee

Nor polished CV or CPD

Not youthful history of ‘former days when’

Nor notions of God when ‘He was then’

Not blessing of lineage, family and kin

Nor contemporary community of brethren

Not husband or wife or ‘bestest of friends’

For permanence trumps parable

and covenant extends

Lion becomes Lamb 

and Lion, again

Triumphant, surrendered, victoriously slain

The most obvious of all our company

An immanence divine, primarily

Formless adopting Saviour of mine 

Beginning and End and Owner of time

Blatant like pillars of fire at night

Stalwart by columns of sheltering might

“If Your Presence does not with us  remain…

…Do not send us from here crippled and lame”

“Oh, Child, once for all I have said,

‘My Presence

Will

Go

Your life will be led’

 

 

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