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The Presence of God by Diana Hernandez

December 24, 2013

Thanks to Diana Hernandez, a freshman SLAMer for her contribution to our advent blog.

Luke 1:57-66

Are you grateful for the way that God has been present with you?

Once when I was younger, a nun asked if I was grateful for the ways that God had been present in my life. My immediate response was ‘No’ I was going through rough times as a child, and how I could be grateful?

Upon joining SLAM and listening to myself deeply through self-reflections, I heard God’s call reaching out to me and realized that I was never alone, God’s  presence was always within me, guiding me, providing me and my family with shelter, food, clothing, and education.

Recently, I attended a service trip to feed ‘Homeless’ that live in areas of Chicago, IL. As we were walking in search for ‘Homeless’ to feed, we not only gave them food but we made connections with them. When approaching one man, I noticed how ill and cold he was. He asked if we could say a prayer with him, and we held hands in the cold as people walked by and looked over at us. At that moment I realized this man was not ‘homeless’, he was a human being like myself, and everyone else. At that moment I was grateful, seeing how he still had faith in God even if he had nothing but the ripped clothes on his back. I am thankful for all that was given to me as a child and for having the opportunity to meet this man that assured me God is always present within us.

He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. (Luke 1:63-66)

Zechariah believed in God’s presence and he was able to speak when naming his child and his neighbors spread the word of the miracle that had happened because they too had faith in God. I hope to continue to help my neighbors, those who are hungry without homes and live on the streets and show our community how God is present within me and within us.

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