READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 26:1-16
Psalms: Psalms 131, 132, 133
New Testament: Romans 11:1-12
Gospel: John 10:19-42
Evening Psalms: Psalms 140, 142
“I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
(Psalm 132: 4-5)
It’s been a trying holiday – “best laid plans…,” as they say. The Saturday before Christmas, we celebrated with our children and grandson and had a really great day of it. It was the kind of day you know you’ll remember for a long time.
Thankfully, I had this to draw on, since my mother took ill a few days later. Naturally (for me), this brought all kinds of worry, fear, stress, and frustration. Before her illness, my mother was pretty independent in her daily living, but now she needs 24-hour care.
With this latest event, we also had the added responsibility of planning for the care of my disabled sister.
Sleep became elusive -- until I finally came to my senses (almost like a V-8 slap to the forehead). I realized that I just needed to pray. I needed to make that place in my heart for the Lord - a dwelling place --a dwelling place for the Lord. Doesn’t that sound so comforting? When I remember the Lord is dwelling within me, my fears practically melt away and I find courage and strength (and sleep!) that wasn’t there before. I know this experience has brought me closer to God, which is a beautiful thing. All I need to do now is work on keeping that dwelling place alive and constant.
May you also find within your heart your own dwelling place for the Lord and be brought closer to God.