On the Places Where God Lives

September 14th, 2015 by MMiller

Molly Lasagna

August 2, 2015

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Biblical Testimony: Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. By day the Lord Commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

Contemporary Testimony: an excerpt from Eric Jacobsen’s book Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith

“There is a growing awareness that our downtowns, civic cores, and traditional neighborhoods are not only valuable to the overall health of our culture, but are also fragile and somewhat irreplaceable ecosystems…. On the one hand, we cannot overstate the possibilities of our cities, as the public Christians tended to do during the last century. Creating the perfect, problem-free city will never redeem humanity. On the other hand, we cannot ignore our cities, as private Christians have done, by focusing our efforts as Christians solely on evangelism and stopgap acts of compassion while allowing our residential and commercial decisions to starve our cities of their life force. Again, there are no simple solutions to how we are to live in and with our cities, but the one thing we must not do is ignore them. We must figure out how to work out our discipleship to Christ in the specific context of our cities. We must confront the problems of the city, such as overcrowding, addiction, and declining schools, and not run away from them to the sanitized world of the suburbs. And we must also enjoy our cities for the cultural performances, civic art, and opportunities for human interaction that they provide.”