April 24, 2004

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV)

Often, I go for a walk at lunchtime, allowing my brain to be refreshed from the melee of students and computers, and giving my eyes a rest from the screen.

One day, the streets were dirty and slippery in places, due to the mixture of slush and grit put down after a brief spell of snow. The potential danger underfoot made me more mindful of where I was walking, as the hospitals had had a rush of broken wrists, arms, and collarbones.

I passed by the church in the centre of town, where a couple was sitting under cover, feeding the pigeons, as is their wont. As a result of their regular good intentions, the pigeons show no fear, and congregate in tens, twenties, and sometimes even in hundreds. Like a mumbling carpet of grey and white, they advance on the knowing and unwitting alike, sometimes to the consternation of mums with small toddlers, who are swamped by the mob's demand for food.

The ground on which the two old-timers sat was covered with the fallout from this mass of birds near the church. It made me think about this verse:

Matthew 21:12 – And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. (ESV)

I reflected upon all that we allow into the temples that are our bodies. Everything that is just a part of everyday life for us, all of that accumulated mess and noise, drowns out the presence and voice of God in us. All this worldliness can frighten off the little children of faith who look to us as an example.

I believe Jesus can get angry about what is in our temples, too. He does not want clutter and an unholy noise in what is a holy place to Him.

Prayer: Lord, we are sorry. We have made a mess of it again, not putting You and Your priorities first. We give You permission to clear out and put straight all that is not right within. May Your voice take priority in our lives as we worship You wherever we are today. We ask that You grant us Your peace. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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