Thought for the Day: This scripture describes the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, and it sure sounds as if it was gold from floor to ceiling and everywhere else. One of the words that catches my attention is the word: thresholds. Along with golden doors and walls, Solomon had the thresholds made of gold. This is one step above the doormat, yet Solomon wanted them to be of equal value with everything else. Thresholds were important, for they symbolized a passing from one place to another, an entering in while leaving something else behind. We often think of carrying someone over the threshold, and even though I was fearful that I might trip, I carried Donna over the threshold of our first house. I don’t believe one space is more sacred than another, yet as human beings we are defined by symbols and space and movement. There is something about stepping over a threshold, whether it is literal or figurative. Tonight, we will be stepping over the threshold of a new year. It is only a movement from one day to the next, the same exact thing we have been doing since the day we were born. But let’s be honest, there is something symbolic about leaving behind 2020. One second into 2021 is not going to look a whole lot different, except that we will all be a day older. Yet Solomon was right to line the Temple’s threshold with gold. There is something very sacred about crossing a threshold and entering into something new. May this year be filled with great hope and joy for the human race and the planet on which we live.
Prayer: With a spirit of expectation, Gracious God, we look to the possible, believing that you are about the work of making all things new. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge