REVERE: Thursday, March 22nd

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WEEK SIX: RESPONSE

REVERE

Psalm 8

Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

My sister Janet and I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral on our trip to New York City a few years ago. Our time there was so sacred and unforgettable. The cathedral rises up on white marble columns to the arched ceiling where the beautiful stained glass Rose window shines. The walls are ornately hewn with marble and bronze. The soft light and scent of candles filled our senses.  A choir quietly assembled and their beautiful voices then resonated throughout the cathedral and into our souls.

Outside, the busy streets, crowds of people, shops and restaurants beckoned for our attention. But a few quiet moments inside the cathedral transported us to a holy place, and we were filled with awe and reverence. Many people visited the cathedral that day, but the quiet prevailed as all of us walked in silence and sacredness. Janet and I sat quietly, only speaking in hushed whispers what was necessary to say.  And, filled to the brim with hope and gratitude, we each lit a candle of thanksgiving on our way out.

I have had these same feelings of awe and reverence under starry skies, across mountain top views, beside ocean waves, sheltered from thunderstorms. These are the moments when I feel so very small. These are the moments when I feel so very privileged to be part of all of this, to even exist at all. These are the moments of humble recognition that God, who is so vast and beyond my comprehension, has chosen to create me

By far the most wonderfully incredible thing about God, the amazing Creator of the universe, is that God has chosen to become small. Just for us! God first comes to us as humanity in Jesus, then comes to each of us individually as the Spirit Guide within. Vast, limitless God chooses to dwell among and within us! I think of the Disney movie Aladdin, when Genie talks about living in a lamp: “Phenomenal cosmic power!!! Itty bitty living space.”

This is what brings our reverence. We are incredulous that God is so beyond us and our comprehension, and yet God is present here, among one another and within our souls. God is incredibly wondrous, yet chooses to have an intimate and personal relationship with each of us. Why would this infinite God willingly be confined to our human bodies and limited souls? Phenomenal cosmic power. Itty bitty living space.

God is worthy of our great awe and reverence.

How might we best revere God? We begin by recognizing how amazing our whole existence is. We acknowledge how far beyond our understanding God is. We marvel that this God would choose to come to us in a way that we can grasp just a bit of God’s power and love.

And perhaps, like Aladdin, we best revere and honor God by giving God freedom from our limited space. As much as we possibly can, we drop our boundaries and allow God to be ALL that God is. We set God free by opening ourselves and releasing God to work and to move- in our lives and in our world.

 

Amazing, wonderful God,

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

And yet you do. Thank you for coming to us and within us. We honor, glorify and revere you. Help us to set you free in our lives and in our world. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “REVERE: Thursday, March 22nd

  1. My world has become much smaller but l have A Granddaughter -in-law who is the wife of our Grandson in the service so l have seen, and marveled at God’s Beautiful World through the eyes of her awesome photos! I have “arm chair” traveled in Europe, Okinawa, Florida and now they find Marvelous wonders in Kansas! But even in our small garden here, God has given us the birds, and their unmatched birdsong, resident squirrels and gorgeous flowers just beginning to polk out! Our God is in the details and l can just marvel at the designs of each one! None quite like any other! Your last paragraph says it all!!! Where God is concerned l have no boundaries!

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