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?
What is absorbing my attention now?
This becomes a little more insightful in shifting my “serious endeavour to live the resurrection life”. To be honest, the thing that is absorbing my attention at this time of life is my future. What does it look like? My money – do I have enough as I move to a more “retired” way of life? My children and their well-being and my health. Funny, all the things Jesus tells us not to worry about in Matthew 6!