Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In this world, all are not guilty but all are reponsible. Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Lord, take this song and fill it with your presence. Let it bring a word of hope to weary care-full hearts. Take this song, and fill it, Lord. Fill it with yourself.
A Readig from 1 Kings 6:1-14
In the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits wide, across the width of the house. Its depth was ten cubits in front of the house. For the house he made windows with recessed frames. He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary; and he made side chambers all around. The lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle one was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide; for around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house. The house was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple while it was being built. The entrance for the middle story was on the south side of the house: one went up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third. So he built the house, and finished it; he roofed the house with beams and planks of cedar. He built the structure against the whole house, each story five cubits high, and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.
Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes, obey my ordinances, and keep all my commandments by walking in them, then I will establish my promise with you, which I made to your father David. I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.” So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
Loving God, you have always known us completely. From the hour of our birth to this very moment, you have been there for us.
May we know you through all our years, serve you in all places, experience you in every circumstance, and love you with all our hearts, until time and space are no more and we are gathered together into your eternal light. Through Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Amen.