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God Dwells in You

This week in the narrative lectionary we focus on 2 Samuel 7:1-17.  David wants to build a temple for the people to worship God.  He was convicted that he lived in a nice palace, while God still had only a tent.  The prophet originally agreed that this was a good idea, but that night God spoke to the prophet, telling him that God was quite at home in a tent.   

"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?  I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.  I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.  Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not build me a house of cedar?"' - 2 Samuel 7:5-7

In the New Testament, the temple system is overturned, and Jesus teaches that we are the temple of God.  God resides within each of us.  We are a mobile temple, like the tent or tabernacle of God, and God is quite at home in these tents.  

This past Sunday we had our first service with reserved seating at the church.  The church was filled with people again, after many months of online services only.  We had limited seating, and many more wanted to join us.  While I wish that every one of you could have been there, I understand that some could not get a reservation, and others stayed home as a health precaution.  What a blessing to see each other in church again though! If you were not able to join us, I want you to remember that God was quite at home with you in your living room as you watched from a distance.  Remember that God is quite at home in that tent of yours. 

May you feel the love and presence of God as you go about your business this week.  May you appreciate that tent of yours as a holy place, a place to meet with God.  May you see the divine spark within, as you breathe each breath.  Amen. 


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