“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
In some reading I was doing last week, I came across an ancient Jewish saying that answers the question, “Where does God dwell?” The answer says, “God dwells where we let God in.”
The definition of ‘dwell’ is to live or stay as a permanent resident. That is a wonderful thought when it comes to God…God dwelling or living or staying as a permanent resident in our lives. Yet, I often wonder about all the places we let God into our lives and all the place we keep God out.
Our Christian faith and our roots in Judaism, which was the faith of Jesus, teaches us to seek and find God in the simple everyday happenings and miracles of life; like the loving care of family and friends, affirmation and encouragement from others, and even the silent shared moments of grief and sadness and uncertainty.
Prayer is one way of opening the door so God can come in. And when God comes in, we find the inner strength to live fully and pursue the joy for which we were created. The late pastor and author, Norman Vincent Peale was best known for his book titled, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” He understood prayer as not just saying something to God, but also saying something to ourselves. Prayer gives God an opening into our hearts and minds so God can come dwell in our lives and help us seek and find God in the ordinary, simple things of life.
May we give God an opening into our lives this week so that God can dwell within us, offering us the strength and joy we need for each day and that we can share with others by our words and our actions.