How has your week been? Is our motto text well and truly stuck in your head yet? If not, don’t worry, here it is again:
One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple
As we have been unpacking some ideas of what these verses could mean for us in our Sunday sermons, I hope you have had some time to reflect on what it might mean for you personally too. Reflection is one of the most important things that we do, it’s how we work out who we are and what we believe. It is how we reconcile the world we experience with our faith. The world is such a complicated and dark place at times, particularly at the moment. In these unsettling times it can be important to ground ourselves in our faith, not to bury our heads in the sand but to understand our times in the context of God’s bigger story and to inform how we respond.
Our motto gives us a great model for reflection: when we choose to intentionally dwell in the presence of God, we readjust our focus. When we choose to behold beauty of the Lord, which can be understood as his action in the world (primarily through Jesus), we develop a greater understanding of who God is and his purposes for his world. When we choose to seek God, we entrust our world to him and allow him to inform how we act and make decisions within his world.
I really do hope that our motto will be a good focus for us for the year and provide a great source of encouragement for all of us this year. For now, let me leave you with the words of Jesus:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27