Church–a place to worship, a community with whom to worship–is a blessing and a gift. I love my church. I look forward to attending worship service with my congregation Sunday mornings.
And yet there is often a complacency in my worship. Often despite my best intentions, God is overshadowed by the busyness and distractions of my Monday through Saturday life–the rush of soccer practice and orchestra concerts and deadlines and dog walking and laundry.
Abram didn’t have a church to worship in every Sunday morning. Instead, he built that place for himself, for his people and for God. Abram acknowledged God’s presence every time he paused along the journey.
One Sunday evening my sons, Noah and Rowan, and I took our dog for a walk at the park. Later that night, as the boys slept, I thought about our walk in the park–Rowan loping, Noah bending low to capture a bee on a bloom. I thought about Abram, stopping to build altars along the journey, not once in a while, but every day.”
This message is excerpted from “Stopping to build an altar” by Michelle Derusha in the October issue of Gather magazine.
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