Tonight I’m reflecting on the first reading from today’s Liturgy, 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16. God seemed indignant that David should build God a house…what this brings to my mind is the question of where God dwells… I have had this strong and abiding conviction for many years that God makes a home in me, and is especially evident when I am faithful to who I really am as God’s beloved. So if God is content to make a home in me, who would be served by my creating any kind of exterior “house” for God to live in? Is God’s intimate presence in the deepest and truest part of me unnerving? To be honest, the answer is sometimes yes…there ARE times when I’d like to keep this God at arms length.
On another level, does making some kind of external display somehow feed my ego, somehow make me feel superior to others who are seeking and serving God in less public ways? These are all things I need to hold in my heart as I discern how I will continue to be in this world.
Now, lest you read this and think I’m all about a kind of individualistic “me and God” devotional spirituality, let me put that notion to rest. I believe that God makes a home in all of creation, not just me. And so there’s a constant invitation for me to honor that sacred presence in every creature, even when it is difficult to see beyond what exasperates me.
My wish for you tonight is that you encounter this loving God deep within yourself and let that love spill out to touch those around you who need to experience your witness.