March 7

“Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!”  1 Kings 8:27

“Although you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.”  1 Peter 1:8

I love my church.  I feel at home there, worshiping and talking with wonderful, caring people.  We are blessed with a talented group of artists and decorators (Bartimaeus Project) who spend hours, adding meaningful visual art to our worship. It is especially beautiful at Christmas and Easter with an array of poinsettias and evergreens, and spring flowers. 

Reading Scripture, Jesus did not spend much of his time teaching and healing within the temple.  Jesus taught by the sea, on the hillsides and plains.  Compassion led him into the everyday streets.

Jesus said [“I am with you always, even to the ends of the earth.”]  Matthew 28:20.  Jesus is not contained within a church building, however beautiful.  Though unseen, he is in my house while I am doing seemingly menial tasks.  He is with me out and about, doing ordinary errands.  He is with me planting flowers, riding my bike, sitting at my computer (right now!).  So much to do outside a building, he calls us to love and follow him, and to go out to the sick and lonely, anyone with any need of a friendly word or helping hand.  The promise is for everyone:  Jesus with me – Jesus with all.

We give thanks for the freedom to go to church to worship and praise.  May your Spirit open our eyes to see you in the everyday, and open our hearts to reflect your light to all.  Amen

Verla Olson