God’s Dwelling Place
Please take a moment to read Exodus 35:4-10,20-21,39:43,40:34
Sunday mornings for the past 42 years you would find me sitting in my favorite pew, next to Ray and surrounded by friends. At some point in the worship service, the Spirit would wash over me and tears might trickle down my cheeks. I could feel God’s presence like He was sitting there with His arm around me.
This past Sunday, Pastor Rhonda asked us to put comments in the online site of what we missed about “church”. It was like a dam burst and the comments flowed. Now that the sanctuary is almost complete, it will be so awesome to be together again. But wait, not yet. It is still not safe to be in person worshiping.
In our scriptures from the the weekend, God gives Moses specific instructions on how to build a tabernacle, a place for Him to dwell with His people. It was designed to be portable but of the best materials each could offer. Why? God wanted to be among His people and honored.
What are we to do when we can’t be together as a Sheridan family and experience God? Time and space were Pastor Rhonda’s answers. Even though we may not see each other’s faces, we can experience God’s presence by setting aside a time and a place to worship, to honor, to let God in. We are an ongoing building project that is continuing to grow on the foundation of the Good News. This building project doesn’t mean a real building, but all of us who form a spiritual house together in the world.
Sunday’s paper was filled with all the names of the high school graduates going out into the world soon. I pray they will find God’s dwelling place wherever their futures take them. So many opportunities will present themselves, some temptations, some challenges. We hope the foundation has been built in their lives to find the time and space for God.
Dear God, Thank you for this time and this space. We are missing our church home, but know You are present in our hearts. Give us strength to be Your church in the world. Grant us peace. Amen.
Written by Cindy Swanson
Cindy and her husband, Ray, have been members of Sheridan Lutheran Church since 1978. They have 3 sons, Ben, Andrew and Patrick who were confirmed at Sheridan. They enjoy spending time with their 4 grandchildren (ages 2-7). Cindy retired from teaching writing to middle schoolers for Lincoln Public Schools in 2014. She savors a good cup of coffee, a well-written book, a lively discussion and chocolate. She lives near a cemetery and knows each day is a gift!