God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Lord, you have been our home since the beginning.
I was recently reminded that God is not far away or up there, but rather as close to us as our home. This Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost and as I can recall from previous years, I shared a book in Children's Worship as a part of our scripture reading, The Day When God Made Church. Throughout the reading the children looked intently at the images and followed the story. They enjoyed creating sound effects to accompany parts of it. This part sticks with me, "Then the room grows brighter. Something hot and blazing shines on us. Darkness is gone. FIRE fills the cold space. Now we feel WARM inside our bodies. Smiles paint our faces. We all know something new is happening. We feel our hearts change inside". The disciples gathered in a home together on that day and their lives were forever changed by experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way.
Remember that God is with us in the presence of the Holy Spirit anytime and anywhere. God can be equally familiar to us, like our homes. Max Lucado says it well, "with time you can learn where to go for nourishment, where to hide for protection, where to turn for guidance. Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God's house is a place of peace."
As you spend time in your home this week, think about the ways that you can invite God into every aspect of your life. Put your trust in God knowing that he goes before you, stands beside you and walks behind you.
If you would like to see this children's book read by the author, click here.