For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20
Wow, three days without posting. However, there’s nothing like a little “intestinal wipeout bug” to put a crimp in writing for 48-hours or so! Fortunately, I’m back on my feet again; but I’m disappointed I had to skip several scheduled events.
WORSHIP: Thankfully, I won’t be missing worship this morning (Sunday). There’s something exceptionally invigorating and rejuvenating about filling the WFPC campus with prayer, with presence, with joy, and with songs of praise.
I often wonder if it’s the combined weight of 400 or so souls filled with good intention and honest love that fills the sanctuary with such peace, or is it simply the presence of God resident in this place? I’ve concluded that it’s a matter of, “Yes,” “Of course,” “You’d better believe it,” and, “All of the above.”
In the Bible, Jesus promises that, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” So it stands to reason that the presence of God is going to be particularly evident in such a large group of faithful disciples.
But I also believe that God is already on campus, deep in the fabric of every brick, every stone, every minute detail of the physical plant; because WFPC was imagined, visioned, built, and dedicated to the glory of God, and is being used – enthusiastically – for “the exhibition of the Kingdom.”
In other words, those of us who roll into WFPC this morning are not only meeting in a place where God’s presence has been active for over 20 years, we’re also bringing the presence of God to one-another, because God is alive and resident in and through each one of us.
For me, such a combination of hallowed ground and consecrated souls is a phenomenon I never want to miss. It was that way when Rebekah and I worshipped at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, it was beautifully evident at First Presbyterian of Brandon, and it seems especially powerful, today, here in Wake Forest.
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.