D is for dwell. The vlog is out now and it contains some poems written by myself and some of our renew hosts from various retreats I have led recently around this amazing concept that wellbeing is all about dwelling.
Take a look at the poems . I will add some of them to them to end of this blog post. The first poem I mention is in "Slow down, Show up and Pray".
This idea of making yourself at home in God is something we will look at next week but for this week we look at the mystery that He chooses to make Himself at home in us.
In the world , in the church and in you and me !! Wow. How welcome do we make Him?
I would love to hear more of your responses to this as you discuss it , write about it etc .
For now enjoy these poems written on retreat :
DWELL: In Nature
by Janet Morris
Dwell: In the church
By Susanna Hinton
In all its messiness, dysfunction and hurt
Even there, God dwells.
Gathered together, that extra dimension
He speaks, he heals, he touches.
Gathered locally AND in the church worldwide
The churches I strongly disagree with
Those where I feel at home
Whatever the denomination, whoever the leader
Whether led well or fallen from grace
Here he dwells!
Lord show us your presence.
Dwell In me
By Ruth Rice
Oh Lord who makes me whole
Come enter the castle of my soul
Access all rooms
Fling wide the door
I welcome you to come explore
The darkest space
To fill each room
With light and grace
Oh Lord God who makes me clean
Come clear the clutter that’s unseen
Unlock the dungeon
Loose the chains
Where I have trapped myself again
Oh Jesus sweet and gracious guest
Become the host who knows me best
The bounties you have laid in store
Remind me there is always more
Oh Shepherd of my grateful soul
Fill every room
And make me whole
In every ordinary place
May You be welcome
God of grace