When I finished preaching Sunday’s sermon, I recalled an idea I wanted to mention and had forgot.
In the building of the Second Temple the builders stopped to worship God at every stage, beginning with the foundation.
The whole nation stopped in Sabbath to weep and to laugh, to blow trumpets, crash cymbals, and pray to God.
Only with this Sabbath did Ezra believe they were prepared to undertake the next step. What they created as the Temple lasted for 200 to 400 years, the Wailing Wall still stands, and the beautiful stones of the Temple might still be, had the Roman Empire not torn it down.
Remember what we called a Sacred Faith Walk, this is true with forgiveness and love as well…
Dance a step or two forward together, then rock back.
Dance a step or two forward, then rock back.
Geography measures in straight lines, but human life and seasons of God’s Creation follow rhythms.
Similarly, we all seemed to forget, what we had been told about building immunity against the current plague.
We were to shelter in place for at least 15 days (March 15-31) then re-assess where we were.
Then build on this with Phase One opening of essentials, and after this movement reassess where we were, until prepared for the next.
Only then to consider when to move on to Phase Two, and after this movement reassess whether to consider the next phase.
With Churches being at Phase Three.
Somehow, every person and every business wanted to be considered essential, and our infection continues to spread.
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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GREEN VALLEY, AZ 85622