Food 4 the Road 6: Where does God dwell?

As I was unpacking cupboards this week to make space for some of my “story supplies” in my new office, I came across baby Jesus and his manager made roughly of wood and a painted shoe box full of hay.

For some reason, the scene of Jesus tucked away in a cupboard reminded me of the words of the prophet Ezekiel (after the vision of the valley of dry bones):

My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’”

Ezekiel 37:27-28

Incarnation is the fancy word for the Christ coming to us in a cradle full of animal feed. Christmas answers forever the question of where does God dwell.

So … for today, a series of questions to remind us of how near God draws to us in this – and every – season, as the prophets said it would be:

Where does God dwell?
In an unseen heaven far away
where we’ll meet Him on our judgment day?
No, no! God’s much nearer than that!

Where does God dwell?
In an oblong box of acacia wood
where She fits in snug as we think She should?
No, no! God’s much bigger than that!

Where does God dwell?
In a fancy temple made by human hands –
a holy place where few can stand?
No, no! God’s more loving than that!

Then where does God dwell?
Where could God be?
Where has God gone?
OH! God dwells with me. 

About Yvonne Ghavalas

A minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, sharer of stories, sandwich enthusiast, seeker, and sometimes fool (archaic), sporadic blogger at liturgies4life.com

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