Presenting Ourselves … Every Day

At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
Luke 2:25-33

Each morning, we arise and present ourselves to a day filled with responsibilities, duties, routine, expectations, achievements, disappointments, hope, fear, longing, satisfaction.

These are human traits, human responses.

How do we present ourselves to God?

What it is you have me to do? I am here to do your will.

The achievements, the shortcomings, the laughter, the tears, the tension, the silence are human frailties when it comes to knowing what our day on this Earth is meant to present to The Lord.

As the song states:

All that we have, and all that we offer, come from a heart both frightened and free. Take what we bring, now, and give what we need, all done is God’s name.

The light of his knowing brings questions in our inner selves, but, ultimately, we know the answers we seek in our hearts.

“Lord, I present my imperfect self to you today. What would you have me do in Your name?”

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Michael Throop

Dr. Michael Throop spent nearly 40 years on air in radio and television, with a majority of that time spent in broadcast journalism. He began his teaching career in Spring, 2007, as a lecturer in the University of Kansas School of Journalism. Michael joined Benedictine College in Fall, 2007, as an adjunct in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in Fall 2019. He works with students in all levels, teaching Media and Society as an introductory and General Education initiative, as well as creating departmental courses exploring the emergence of social media and its impact on journalism, nonprofit communications, and the greater society