Shekinah: Guest Post by Mary Henderson
Shekinah...Don't You Just Love that Word?
Shekinah… Say it aloud… Even the word sounds beautiful. And wow … It can change your day, your week, your life!
Shekinah: A Hebrew word associated with God’s bright, shining, sparkling presence. It refers to God settling down in a place…where connecting to Him is more readily perceivable by you.
All I can say to that is, “Yes, please!” Can you even imagine how your day can be different when you tune your spirit’s radio frequency into THAT? God’s bright, shining, sparkling presence with you… Illuminating, brightening, fascinating, informing, embracing you.
When you’ve asked Jesus to take up residence within you, you have shekinah. Our problem is that we get distracted by what our five senses experience throughout the day, which combats against what our spiritual senses can perceive.
Here’s one thing that helps me: I choose a couple of designated times during the day to stop, take a deep cleansing breath, and refocus upon God in me. This can be while I’m in my car driving, or even when I close the door and am alone in the bathroom (often the only “alone” time available to a mom with preschoolers!)
So today, take a couple of those times and think about what Shekinah means for you: God’s dazzling, sparkling, brilliant, powerful, embracing presence. Just marinate in that for a few minutes.
Question: What helps you to refocus on the unseen spiritual realm as you go throughout your day?
“I saw no temple in the city, for Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, is its temple, as is the Lamb. The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s shekinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:22)
Mary and her husband John have lived and worked with CCC throughout New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the United States. They have three grown children. She is the author of Break Free: Journey with God Through Chronic Illness to Health. You can find her on Facebook and at her website: MaryHenderson.org.