Genesis 12: 6-7
Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
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In the Old Testament, there were altars - places to mark the presence of God and to offer sacrifices. In the New Testament, there are only a few references to temple altars and in visions in Revelation. To this day, we Christians struggle with the purpose and definition of our altars. Some altars in churches are against the wall where the worship leaders stand with backs to the people to offer prayers and bless the bread and wine. We treat the physical altar with reverence. We keep our children from playing around it. We hesitate to approach it. In the last several decades, churches have pulled their altars away from the wall, more like tables for the Lord's Table which is a step in the right direction. The world-altering (pun-intended) shift in thinking that the Gospel of Jesus Christ represents is that there is no altar....there is only the presence of the Lord and one another. What makes a piece of furniture an altar is the presence of God and God's people. The altar in a church by itself demands no special reverence. At the same time, a kitchen table at which everyone is welcome is a place that defines the presence and the nature of God and is a holy place indeed.
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May the altar we build in our own homes bring honor to your name, O Lord. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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