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Timeless Presence

Posted by Valerie Hardy on Feb 24, 2017 11:46:45 AM

 

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By, Valerie Hardy MAT ’17

As I continue to unpack my recent experience in Israel and Jordan I am impressed by God's presence in the ordinary—like seeing again for the first time.

 Our group of 17 experienced communion at the Sea of Galilee at sunset, a worship and prayer service at Mt. Nebo, tours of several biblically historic regions, climbing and descending several mountains including Mt. Arbel and Masada, and a host of other encounters. In every instance God was present. He was present in the physically challenging elements of the experiences. He was present in the daily exchanges in the community we enjoyed in our 17-day journey. He was present in revelations, some spoken and some known in the spirit. God is present as I am drawn to memories in my daily living.

So now I too choose to be present. I choose to be present in the comfortable and familiar, the new, the different, the uncomfortable and unknown. As I lived those experiences in Israel and Jordan, as I have lived similar experiences through the seasons of my life, and as I live now, God is present.

Valerie Hardy will graduate from Northeastern Seminary in the spring of 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree. After graduation, Valerie is looking to focus her ministry efforts in serving the local refugee community.

Topics: alumni, reflection, Holy Land

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