Even though the Israelites were on the move, in a sense, when this work was completed they were home. It was symbolic of God dwelling with them all along the way of their journey.
The ritual and rhythm of setting up the Tabernacle and the court and all of the things that went inside it was important for the people to understand that they were witnesses to the holiness of God within their midst. This was key because many of them, Moses included, would not live to see their journey to the Promised Land completed.
|We continue to hope - that the flowers|
will obscure the tomb.
Those of us who are currently experiencing grief understand all too well the need for God's presence. A sense of holiness is present when a loved one dies but the brightness of it is often tempered by our very real sense of loss. We believe that God goes with us in this journey and helps us along our way. This is why the rituals of faith are important. They become reminders to us that we are a part of something larger.
As we prepare our hearts for Easter tomorrow, we continue to be witnesses of the holiness of God among us today.
May this Lenten journey we have been on be a blessing to our faith that we may be stronger in Christ together.
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