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January 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Making Space

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful start to the new year. I am excited about all that God is doing in our midst. May we continue to draw close to Him and one another as we set aside space in our lives for encountering the risen Lord.

As I was contemplating these things I was reminded of an old hymn - “Near to the Heart of God.” In it we are encouraged with the following: “(v. 1) There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God. (v. 2) There is a place of comfort sweet, Near to the heart of God; A place where we our Savior meet, Near to the heart of God. (v. 3) There is a place of full release, Near to the heart of God; A place where all is joy and peace, Near to the heart of God.”  We need space in our lives for that place.

Hebrews 10:19-22 declares, Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

How long has it been since you truly made time in your life to draw near to God? Do you even know where to look for such a space? It may be closer than you think. Thomas Howard writes: “Somehow we have gotten swept into a millrace, and its nonstop flailing and thrashing just to keep ourselves from drowning. The sheer necessities of modern life sweep us farther and farther from any sense that it is all hallowed, really. What are we to do? There are various things we could do no doubt. We could resign ourselves to the millrace and abandon any thought of anything but the flailing. Or we could take some drastic step like moving to a farm in Vermont or an island in the Aegean, hoping thereby to find some peace and quiet where we would be able to recollect ourselves and to things right. A third possibility would be to accept the fact that life comes tumbling at us nowadays but that it is nonetheless possible for us to see our daily routines as proceeding among the hallows, so to speak; and by stirring up in our minds the things that we vaguely acknowledge anyway, to begin to hallow those routines by doing once more what men have always done with thing to hallow them; namely, offering them up in oblation to God, as literally as Abel offered up sacrifices from his ordinary routine of work.”

Let us pray together: Father, let me seek and find you in the place of prayer. May your presence become so clear to me that I will also recognize you in all the places I may be today. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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