The way I understand this (and having read the devotion), is that it is impossible to live in a state of heightened worship, being exhilarated each moment of the day. But, the hour of worship on Sunday, would hopefully give significance to one’s everyday life. It’s like the surfer who, after catching a great wave, recalls it long after the event, inspiring her in her everyday life – “I am a surfer!”
This is what Peterson says, “The common-sense objection to God dwelling on earth in a house of prayer, to God meeting us in a place of worship, has not been able to survive the evidence of experience and faith. After all, common sense is one of the least reliable tests of reality.”
I understand this to mean, that “common-sense” would dismiss the idea of God meeting us in a building. But the evidence of experience and faith defies this so called “common-sense”.
I then thought about the question, “Does anyone care, God?”. I continued “Does anyone care about God, God?”
As I looked at the verse and what I had written, a small voice inside my head said, “Are you listening”? “Do you care about God, Mark?”
Am I a cynic when it comes to miracles? Definitely not! And it was in reading Eugene Peterson’s devotional last week that got me thinking. His definition and insight into the gift of miracles is what resonates deeply with me and what I have witnessed all my life.
It’s true that Jesus most probably was not born in December. Most scholars would suggest that He was born in the spring as opposed to the middle of winter. And, yes, perhaps the 25th of December is a pagan festival day.
Obviously, November is “Notification of increases” month. A kind of Christmas gift, letting you know that “if you struggled in 2019, get ready baby, we are increasing our fees in 2020 even though most of you won’t be getting a raise!”
Over the last couple of weeks, I have received 2 SMS’s from the 2 banks I do business with. This year these messages got me thinking more than usual. Do I just “suck it up” and accept these increases?