I am in conversation with a dear friend who has made a very difficult decision to resign from his current position. He has been highly effective and successful but circumstances and a pandemic have revealed unresolvable differences. There is not much wisdom for me to offer and even less advice to share. Our conversations are a ministry of presence, simply being with him matters and has lasting value. The conversations are not joy-filled but are necessary ones. He is struggling with a question. I’m not convinced it isn’t rhetorical for some emotional rationalization but neither am I sure that it isn’t spiritually authentic with a deep intention for discernment. “How can I make this a thing of Holy?” I know that the question derives out of his lament. Trying to make sense in a difficult situation or a crisis or trauma is an appropriate response. In difficult times, when experiencing the uncertainty of life, a life-altering diagnosis, a devastating accident, a dispiriting decision, trying to make sense is what makes us human. He asks… How can I make this a thing of Holy? Perhaps you could rephrase it to – How can I put God into this thing?
I tarried with this question and realize that it’s important enough to regularly ask myself (even when there is no lament) can I and will I make this question a daily one? Can my evening end and/or my morning begin with the question – How can I make now a thing of Holy? How can I walk through this day with the things of Holy? How can I be a thing of Holy to others?
A thing of Holy is to experience and understand the ordinary as being filled with the extraordinariness of God. It is as the Psalmist writes to “taste and see the goodness of God.” A thing of Holy recognizes and affirms the qualities of the sacred in the moment. A thing of Holy is to be filled with the life that God intends us to live. We invite you to make now a thing filled with the Holy.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 57:15
“For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
What does a thing of Holy mean to you?
How does God intend you to live?
How are you being a thing of Holy to others?
Prayer: Holy God, help me recognize and affirm your presence throughout my day. Fill my spirit with your fruit so I can be helpful to others. Let me live a holy life. Amen.
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