Balm For My Soul


“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”
We often forget that, and there is nothing sadder than a church which must be locked up tight against thieves and vandals most of the time. All the same, an empty church is not an empty church even when it’s just a volunteer cleaner with aching feet.

I loved dropping down into an empty seat alongside this window. Enid Hadley made the floral arrangement to help us call to mind St Luke, the good doctor and writer of the 2nd Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. I came to this quiet corner like a desert traveller to an oasis of calm.

I found rest for body and spirit, reflecting on just a few of the things in Doctor Luke’s book.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52)

To grow in wisdom, to leave behind our childish ways, to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially to keep in step with God and other people ~ even people of my three score and nearly ten, need to “grow up” in Christ, sometimes … To be in step with God and humanity … Now that’s a dance worth learning.

To learn this dance we need the Holy Spirit as dance instructor and Jesus encouragess us to ask for the Holy Spirit:

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13)

So how many times should we ask, for the Holy Spirit, for wisdom, guidance, or any other thing for that matter?

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up, and in Luke 18: 1-8  we read the story of the persistent widow wearing out the unjust judge with her persistent petitioning. If, she could do it, Jesus tells his disciples so could they – our heavenly Father has an open ear.

it is doctor Luke in chapter 14: 12-14 who tells us that God’s love is for everyone, and in order to dance his dance, so should ours be. We too are to invite to our banquets and fellowship those who cannot repay our kindness.

Simply believing in Jesus isn’t enough we need the firm foundations of his truth in our lives, so Luke makes sure we get to know the story of The House in the Rock (chapter 6: 46-49).  If, we build our lives around the words of Jesus, then we are building a permanent, heavenly home on the Rock.

What a wonderful companion the apostle Paul had in doctor Luke, and what wonderful, precious insights Doctor Luke has in describing the miracle healings of Jesus, almost we can see Jesus reaching down to touch  almost we hear his voice speaking to lame and blind, and the sick in soul, and why did Luke write his Gospel:-

….”So that you may know the certainty of those things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:4)

….“So that I might know, the certainty of those things I have been taught.”

Suddenly, my aching feet are dancing!





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