New Year Blessings! Prayer requests?
Genesis 35:3, “… and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Often in the Old Testament an altar was constructed to commemorate an encounter with God. God instructed Jacob to do likewise (Genesis 35:1). Jacob obeyed God, and in so doing, he stopped his normal routine, and focused on not only on building something specifically for God, but also on God Himself. No doubt each sight of the altar reminded Jacob of God’s faithfulness.
This past week I attended to two funerals. Both of Christian women who loved the Lord and stood strong for Him throughout their long lives into their 90’s. Both were leaders in church, but age and recent ill-health forced them to retreat into quieter less-visible roles. But their vibrant faith still shined and they provided inspiration for my faith to grow. Since these ladies allowed me to encounter God in new ways their lives mark two encounters with God I would not have had otherwise.
In the New Year I want to recognize God’s hug through not only special people, but also through a Bible verse, a sweet song, a meaningful sermon, simple prayers, a colorful sunset, a child’s smile, or however and whenever I encounter Him. I’m open to stop my normal routine and focus on the Divine in 2014. What about you?
Building Two More Altars to God, PJ COPYRIGHT ©2014 PJ Gover
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