Daily Office Readings for Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent Year 2
“Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, saying, I am with you, says the Lord. And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God.” ( Haggai 1:13 – 14)
Today it still takes the Spirit of God to work in people in order that they might honor their houses of worship. All places of human religous assembly require due vigilance in order that they are properly maintained. The church is the sure sign of how important God is in the lives of a community.
I have read stories where people in some neighborhoods will occasionally help out with various projects in and around a church even when they themselves do not attend it. Often it is because they recognize the need for the food pantries or social events that lift the self esteem of people and they want to be a part of it.
This care for houses of worship is God’s doing. And “unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). We are moved then by the hand of God to support the efforts of those who want to respect and honor God. This power of God is not concerned with denomination or a particular faith. It is concerned with people admitting that God exist and that God is good. (All the time)
In our Haggai lesson today, King Darius was not of the Hebrew people, he was a Persian King. But he went to great lengths to ensure that the house of God was properly rebuilt. So too, in all of our neighborhoods, any of us can, and should, support godly works as we recognize them to be such. None of us can claim God for ourselves only. God only is God and loves ALL people. As long as a faith tradition is not hostile or preaching hate but rather doing good works in the community, we should listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in terms of what they might need. And then do it as we are able to do so.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+