Heaven

Heaven

Today’s Scripture Selection: First Kings 5:27

“But will God really dwell on earth?  The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.  How much less the temple I have built?”

It showed amazing humility.

Here, a young king, who has built a most magnificent temple to God, admits something.  Even in the prayer of dedication, Solomon puts things in proper perspective.

No temple, not even the greatest one on earth, can “contain” God.

And it was perhaps because of that humility that God was pleased to dwell there.

I believe the same can be said of our hearts.

When we humbly

  • Admit our limitations
  • Admit our need of God
  • Admit how without God’s grace we would be nothing
  • Admit that we have done nothing to “deserve” such grace
  • Admit that God has blessed us anyway – out of the depths of incomparable love

Then – our hearts are ready – for God’s indwelling in them.

Prayer: Lord, may the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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