May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Where are you now, as you listen to this? Are you in a place that you're extremely familiar with? Is it where you would choose to be? For a few moments, be aware of the space that you are in and how comfortable you are …
Is there anything about your surroundings that you have never noticed before that has particularly come to your attention or surprised you? Perhaps you have found comfort in a sound that you normally wouldn’t have noticed… a new view from a window you don't usually focus on… a fond memory jolted by the smell of a plant or something cooking. Pay attention to that now.
Places are important: they have meaning and they hold memories. Places are also important because they are meeting points with God.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I[a] will make three dwellings[b] here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. (Matthew 17:1-8)
It's unusual to spend long periods of time in one place. But this place where you are, perhaps for a longer period than you would want, is your meeting place with our good and loving and gracious God.
In a few moments of silence, remember that this God is with you in this place …. He says to you, “This is my son, my daughter, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased” … Give thanks to this good and gracious God who is with you in this place.
Here are some words from Psalm 121:
I rejoiced when I heard them say:'Let us go to God's house.'And now our feet are standingwithin your gates, at Jerusalem.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in te beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.