Thought for the Day by Katherine-Alice Grasham (All Hallows)
Readings: 1 Peter 2:1-10
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2: 5 (NIV)
I moved house in January, and honestly, things have been a bit of pig sty ever since!! The living room is still full of unpacked boxes, and there is just stuff everywhere. I did spend some time, however, tidying the kitchen over the bank holiday weekend, as that’s where my desk is for when I’m working at home. I was struck by how different a space it became with a bit of time and attention, and how much nicer it is to work in now that it’s clean and tidy!!
I love the imagery of building in today’s passage from 1 Peter. We are being “built into a spiritual house”…I always think that sounds so cool!! Attempting to make my own house somewhere comfortable, clean, tidy, and somewhere that I enjoy being has been an interesting undertaking, and one that definitely does feel a bit spiritual. After all, it is the place where I spend most of my time, especially at the moment, and I want it to be a place that honours God, as well as serves me and the things I need it for.
I have taken to lighting incense or candles around my house (safely under observation of course!!) as a way of marking out the space in each room as holy, a place where God can come and work alongside me. I think that perhaps that is a kind of spiritual sacrifice to God, and a way of inviting Her in.
I wonder if your house feels like a spiritual house, like the metaphorical one that Peter described us as being? Perhaps there are things you can do to make your home feel like a “house where God can dwell”, as the song goes. What sacrifices can you offer up to Her today? Maybe candles and incense work for you too, or maybe you want to do a mini prayer walk around your house, praying in each room and asking for God’s blessing for the things you do at home? I hope that for you, creating a physical spiritual house can also help you to be a living stone – part of the metaphorical spiritual house we are all building together!!