“Behold I am with you always, even to the close of the age.”
Jesus promised that He would never abandon His people; He promised that He would remain until the end of time. Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, yet He is still present and active in the lives of His people. He is with them. However, recognizing God’s presence in our world today takes a ‘trained eye’ and an act of faith. Jesus can most readily be recognized through the witness of Christian people, people who acknowledge and testify to the power and presence of God in their lives. The ‘Encounter with Christ’ stories help to highlight how God is working in the lives of the people in the parish of St. Magdalen’s Church. These stories are meant to help those who read them to more easily recognize God’s presence in their own lives. God wants to be known by you and to work in your life—invite Him to do so.
I can't pinpoint a particular moment when I first came to know Jesus as my savior and friend; it has been a journey. Yet, there have been moments throughout my life when this realization has been more clear. For example, early in my marriage I found myself in Michigan, living in a community where I didn't know anyone; however, our local Church had a perpetual adoration chapel. Spending time with the Lord was the one thing I "knew" and I found comfort in His presence. I asked the Lord while I sat before Him in the Blessed Sacrament to "increase my faith", and I felt like He really filled me with His strength.
Again, my husband and I found out that we were pregnant with our fourth child just as his company was down-sizing. We didn't know where we were going, the only thing we had to hold onto was a sense of peace, that God would provide and He did. Likewise, amidst the chaos of caring for my four children and simultaneously running the Vacation Bible School here at St. Magdalen's, I was repeatedly reminded that God is in control.
I don't know how I would function, as a mother of six children, without my faith. I have to get down on my knees to get through the insanity, to get everybody where they need to go, to make sure that my kids are making the right decisions and that I am making the right decisions. To aid this process, I make a point of going on a silent retreat every year because my life is not silent and my personality is not silent. Yet when I make a point of letting go and allow Him to shower me with graces, I receive the strength I need to be the woman God is calling me tobe.