Dry Valleys as Places of Spring
October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
In Psalm 84:1-7 (this week’s lectionary Psalm), the poet gets excited about a special dwelling-place. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was such a place for God’s People because of a strong sense of God’s presence at that place. Excitement about God’s presence at that place transformed all other places. It gave strenght and direction to God’s people (84:5), and it accompanied them on their life journey (84:6). Even when they enter the dry valleys of life, God’s presence “make it a place of spring” (84:6). It remains one of the most important questions for a congregation on its missional journey in the world, namely how is God present and active in this place?