Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Worship is multi-sensory. When we were able to gather together in the sanctuary for worship, all of our senses were engaged. There is a way the sound echoes and the light shines in worship. The space warms as people gather. The handshakes and hugs make an imprint on the heart. And there is a familiar smell, of candles and communion, kids and youth, choir and acolyte robes, folks who just rolled out of bed or are dressed in their finest that are reserved for Sunday. And there are the sneezes. I do miss the sneezes.
In Exodus 30, God commands Moses to create a powerful incense filling the Holy of Holies with an aroma that was reserved for that sacred space. Myrrh, cinnamon, aromatic cane, cassia, and olive oil mixed in precise amounts would be reserved for the place of worship. Everything in that space would be covered in that scent.
Do you have a candle that you could light where you are that can fill your place of worship with a glow and a fragrance that brings you nearer to God? Pay attention to all of your senses as you worship from home. Today might be a good day to give someone a call and talk about the tiny sanctuaries we are creating at home. How does that space engage the senses, even as we wait with anticipation for the time it will be safe for us to gather together as a congregation again?