A Sunday morning sermon by Annie Abernathy.
God is more present with us than we are with him. This is the history of humanity, which begins at the garden of Eden. He wants us and comes searching for us and calling out "Adam, Eve where are you?"
What does he find? He finds us hiding from his presence. The Good Shepherd leaves the ninety-nine and goes searching after the one that is lost. The woman searches for the lost coin, and the Father longs for the return of his son. Again and again Jesus repeats these parables. Why, because we find it hard to believe that we are so loved that God will come searching for us.
We get stuck in the very web that we have woven and our inability to acknowledge our need for God creates a deep sense of abandonment. God comes to us as Jesus and in the Cross and he cries out "I am here for you."
May the Loving Presence of God take hold of us in powerfully freeing ways!