The Shepherd’s Vigil 2/10/2021

A Weekly Message from Rev. Rafe Vigil, Senior Pastor

1 John 3 18Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. 19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence.

Sometimes it is hard to feel God’s presence. Has that been true for you? The transcendence of the Holy escapes us and we do not feel God with us. We search and search and look for God and still feel empty. We may even give up with a cry of “where are you God” or the despair of “there is no God”.

This sense may be very true especially in times of chaos, gloom, or despair. Would you like to know the secret to sensing God’s presence? Bishop Michael Curry says it like this in his book Love is the Way,

There is a simple way to connect to the divine, anytime you feel like it. If God is love, and love is an action, you’ve only got to get out there and do it.

When we look outward, look beyond ourselves, we can give and receive love and that is where God is most clearly present. The healing, comforting presence of God is felt when we move beyond words to the actions of truth and love.

For me this is why the church community has been so important. It has been in the community of faith that I have seen and experienced the activity of love and thus been in the presence of God. I have been in times of chaos and sadness in my life and if the community has been distant, I have felt separated from God. However, in those crisis seasons of life when the community has been actively loving, God is there.

I know that when I have been on mission and actively loving others, I feel close to God. I am sure many of you feel the presence of God as you serve in one of the outreach ministries of New Horizon.

Are you searching for God’s presence? Just get out there and do love and God will be abundantly evident. This is called “active presence”. Love is action. That is where and how we feel a God who is love and is everywhere.


Pastor Rafe