Come in - we're open!
The widespread availability of meerkat merchandise suggests that the public have taken Aleksander, Sergei and the rest to their hearts. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ask google.)
Heralding the start of Coronation Street on ITV, there is a sense of anticipation on both sides of the door as the new Meerkat restaurant opens for business and waiting customers are invited in. Rather like Marks and Spencer in the Murraygate, when I walk past on a Sunday morning just before 11.00, in fact!
So when we opened the doors of Meadowside St Paul’s just before noon on Wednesday (5th June) for our Thy Kingdom Come prayer event, there was also a sense of anticipation. The weather was dry (not something we’ve taken for granted these last few days) and we hoped people would venture out of their homes and come in to the church, taking even just a few minutes out of their day to be still in the presence of God.
Not many did – but (and this is a big “but” in the best sense) those who did went out again onto the street having received something. That something may have felt spiritual, or simply practical – it wouldn’t be right for me to define the reaction of any of our visitors.
The beauty of the sanctuary, the peace, the quiet, the candlelight, the kindly welcome, the listening ear, the warm-hearted hug, the sitting shoulder to shoulder, the offering of prayer for a particular person or situation – all these combined to provide help, comfort and support, whether for visitors from overseas or our own members.
And let’s not forget that while we were in our own small corner of Dundee, there were people all over the world also marking Thy Kingdom Come. 114 countries, 65 denominations – just imagine the different languages, cultures, clothes, architecture, interior decoration, climate, worship and devotional styles encompassed in that one day of global prayer.
I am so glad that we were part of it. I will continue to pray for the people named on the cards which were left behind for that very purpose, and for those who came and openly shared their stories.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.”