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God, Our Dwelling Place

Today’s Reflection

IN OCTOBER 2010 I was experiencing some indigestion. By midweek I was in my doctor’s office. She immediately scheduled an ultrasound for the next day. I went from ultrasound to CT scan before I left. I was later diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.

The next week I sat in the office of a specialist at a major cancer center who said hastily, “Let’s get this thing out so you can move on with your life.” He suggested a date for surgery three weeks later. I was stunned. Things were happening so rapidly. I knew I had to walk the labyrinth to get centered in prayer. One of the words I heard was remember. …

The decision is less to cling to life than to cling to the Lord of life. I remembered God as “dwelling place” [Psalm 90], my refuge and strength. Over my lifetime God has brought healing into my life and the lives of those I love. I remembered and gained peace. I remembered that God had been shaping me all along. I could trust the Lord of life. I did not know the specialist who would perform my surgery, but I knew the Healer who had been our family’s dwelling place for many generations.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Help us remember that you have formed us and that you are with us, especially when we feel overwhelmed and bewildered. Amen.

Disciplines 2011

From “Focus on Formation,” readings for October 17–23, 2011 by Juanita Campbell Rasmus, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2011: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray the prayer at the end of today’s reading. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Luke 9:29, NRSV

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This week we remember: Aelred of Rievaulx (February 3).

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  • Jill February 6, 2016, 5:06 am

    O God – You are our God for ages past…and our Hope for years to come. Thank You for assuredly walking with us each step of the way…knowing in Your Sovereignty what lies ahead and how You alone will see us through.

    Rusty – thank you for sharing that labyrinth locator – there a few in my city. One, right near where I teach – at a church that is pastored by a former student of mine. Another at the local university. This one I will explore in the summer.

    Grateful that my weekend remains mostly uncluttered. Grateful for abundant sunshine yesterday. Grateful for good health, as many at my school are being impacted by illness.

  • Betsy February 6, 2016, 7:24 am

    God, you alone are my refuge. Let me abide in you, resting in Your goodness.

    Yes, thank you, Rusty for the labyrinth Finder. I found one close by in our small town! Never knew it was tucked away close to a small downtown coffee shop. I’ll check it out soon.
    I visited the funeral home last night for a beloved teacher in our system who passed away from a rare blood disorder. There were over 100 teachers, former students and many friends and family there to console the family. It struck me how educators touch so many lives. I lift this family up to you, Lord, as they need you. Amen

  • robert moeller February 6, 2016, 7:49 am

    Thank you Rusty, will check that site. I also think you can pray the labyrinth right in your own home. I tried it this morning. Prayers for educators. Betsy, glad you went to visit the beloved teacher who passed away. I remember teachers who made a big impact on me. I’m sure we all have teachers who were special.

    Thankful that Anneliese is cleared for surgery. All the preparations are done.
    Date is now the 25th. Had a nice phone visit with my son, did some more on my model, and we visited Heidi, Paul, and Logan last night. Logan and Brandon are doing well in school. Oona’s baby blanket is done. Thank You,

    A peaceful, blessed weekend to all the UR family. I know it’s Super Bowl weekend so that may not be so easy.

  • Connie February 6, 2016, 8:22 am

    Wonderful prayer. Yes, Lord, you HAVE been our dwelling place in all generations.
    Sad news yesterday of a friend whose husband has ALS. Two or three hours of sleep was all I could muster. God be with them-tough road ahead.
    Blessings to all who gather here.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 8, 2016, 9:14 am

    Indeed, God is our dwelling place for He is our creator and when we feel bewildered and overwhelmed, He knows how to help us.

    Thank you Father God for being our dwelling place, our strength and refuge, for ages past and all our life,

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