The Flight

I was thinking about clouds.  The way they appear soft, but hold nothing but rain.  How they look like cotton candy, but lack its fleeting sweetness.  They stretch broadly across the sky to block the sun’s rays from me, showing no silver lining until right after a storm.  Yeah, I was thinking about clouds then I decided to stop.

My ears popped from the take-off as slid the window shade down.

The next morning I had woken early, because that’s what I do.  Paced the floors, drank coffee that was not my own, and haphazardly opened a Bible.  My eyes focused on something that caught me by surprise: “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud.”  I began reading with fervor blinking back a downpour.  How?  How does God open my Bible to 2 Chronicles 6?  I have no idea, but for the rest of the day I longed for a storm.





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  1. 6 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; 2 I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”

    3 While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them. 4 Then he said:

    “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David. For he said, 5 ‘Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built so that my Name might be there, nor have I chosen anyone to be ruler over my people Israel. 6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.’

    7 “My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 8 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name. 9 Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood—he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.’

    10 “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 11 There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

    Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication
    12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. 13 Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,[a] and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 14 He said:

    “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 15 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.

  2. HOW did I miss this? Such a lovely moment, thanks for sharing. I always get a little sad and wistful when I think of Solomon. He was such a tortured soul, wasn’t he? Probably a sex addict, definitely depressed. Horrible childhood. Poor role models. And yet, still within the family of faith.

    It’s like, there’s room for that here. And I like that thought. But there’s also room for all kinds of suffering here, and that thought brings the high lonely feelings with it.

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