Presence, Voice, and Power (Jer 20:9)–Guest Speaker Catherine Olson

Scripture: Jeremiah 20:9 (NIV)

But if I say, “I will not mention God’s word
or speak anymore in God’s name,”
God’s word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.

Queries

What does it mean to be present?

What are the hardest parts about being fully present? Do I, as Anna Deavere Smith suggest, practice presence by “allowing others to make an impact” on me?

In what areas of my life is God calling me to be more present?