Daily Worship

Take a Moment to be….in the presence of glory

Peter Neilson December 10, 2017 0 1
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Luke 2: 9

9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Our Celtic ancestors lived with a sense of God being God of the visible and the invisible, all one reality. They were not infected by the dualism of Western Enlightenment dividing the world into upstairs and downstairs, natural and supernatural: it was all one created order. They could speak of blessing the cows and being touched by angels. Heaven and earth were intertwined. They would not be fazed by the idea of working shepherds being heralded by choirs of angels, and they were quite at home with the idea of meeting God in a stable.



Surprise me, Lord, with your glory.


As I take a moment to take a second look

At the person I passed in the supermarket

Made in your image, your glory in disguise.


As I take a moment to listen again

To the mumbling of that old lady with dementia.

Did she say “Jesus”?

A hint of your glory shining through her mist.


As I take a moment to breathe

Marvelling at the “quiet loyalty of breath”

And sensing the secret silence of your glory within me.


As I take a moment in worship today

Hearing old words with new ears

And receiving the blessings of saints old and new

Who live eternally in the presence of your glory.


Surprise me, Lord, with your glory. Amen.