Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 60

people off and judging them because they might believe certain things differently to us.  This life is a fleeting moment but when you’re in those moments of need you get that small glimpse of God and what eternity will be like because He is closer to you, giving you strength. I think that is the center of this message that is about presence. If what is offered to us is presence, then I think that the invitation to us is to BE present. Firstly, it is to ourselves because some of us in the west might not have (some of us do and are fortunate), but some of us might not have the voice of the abusers and the accusers and some of those voices are our own voices in our head telling us that we are not good enough or that we are not going to ever live up to anything. And I think that some of the ministerial work, that I’ve discovered in the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitude, is like a real internal work of showing ourselves mercy and