Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Week 14 (Year A) Reading for Today: Numbers 6:22-27
Verses for Reflection: Numbers 6:24-26 (NRSV)
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
I’ve heard these words all my life as part of a choral composition known as “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Not surprisingly, the choral composition is based on Numbers 6:24-26.
As I reflect on this reality, I am amazed at how many things in 21st century American life, things I just take for granted as being part of life, are actually based in scripture, either directly or indirectly.
I wonder how different life would be if not for the sacred texts of Christianity:
- Would we eat the same foods?
- Would we wear the same clothes?
- Would we listen to the same music or watch the same television shows?
- Would we read the same books?
- Would things as seemingly remote from Christianity as the style of cars we drive be different if not for the scriptures and our faith?
You might not think any of these things would be different, but, the development of just about everything we enjoy today involved Christians and the Church. If a Christian hadn’t been involved in the design evolution of such things as food, clothing, music, television, literature, and automobiles, wouldn’t these things be DIFFERENT – at least in subtle ways – than they are today? I sit in my office this morning looking at each object around the room, wondering, “How did Christianity play a part in this item being as it is right now?”
Reflection task for the day: Intentionally take some time to stop and look at every human-made thing in the world around you. For each item you see, try to imagine how Christian faith influenced that item being how it is today. Ask for God’s guidance if you find the task difficult. I would bet you’ll discover that most of what you see in some way, shape, or form reflects the rich tradition of Christianity. As you spot our faith’s influence in the things around you, I imagine you’ll also find something of God. It just might change the way you look at the world.
Have a blessed day,