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?

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