Reflection #29: The Divine ain’t in the Temple / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 5-7

“The Divine doesn’t live in Temples made by human hands…”

Last night as I was walking down K’rd to catch my bus I was approached by one of the bros asking for some coin.

I didn’t have any change to give, but the words of Peter rang in my ears as they often do in these situations. “Silver or gold have I none, but what I do have I give to you.”

I didn’t have coin, but I had the ability to acknowledge him. To recognize his humanity. To see him. And for him to see me.

It was only a moment, we shook hands, I apologized for not being able to do more, he brushed it off with grace “its all good bro”.

There was so much I wanted to do, so much I couldn’t do, when he asked for coin he was asking for so much more. For healing, for housing, for acceptance, for love, for Liberation. I couldn’t meet his immediate need, not in that moment, not instantly. He knew that, and he saw me. His response was filled with grace, “it’s all good bro”, words spoken as if from the lips of the Divine.

And perhaps they were.

The Divine does not dwell in temples made by human hands…

It was only a moment, but it mattered.

It was only a moment, but within it I saw the Divine.

I think sometimes we rush around looking for God, chasing experiences, worship leaders, pastors and conferences, but miss that the Divine is actually much closer than we could imagine.

She is in you, She is in me. She is in my brother on the street, She is in the person you hate the most, She is your neighbor.

The Divine does not dwell in temples made by human hands…

The Divine dwells amongst us, the Divine dwells in us.

A.J. Hendry

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