If we are going to a fine dining restaurant we usually need a reservation. We buy tickets in advance for concerts, ballgames, and other events.
At church usually we do not have a reserved seat, but if your church is like my church many of us, myself included have a seat that we consider ours. We can get very upset if we find someone in "our seat". Father reminds us that it is only a seat and we can sit anywhere. Easy for him to say, he has a reserved seat.
If I think about it I do have a reserved seat. When Jesus gave up his life for me He reserved my seat. He reserved seats not for the holy perfect ones, no He reserved seats for sinners!
These reserved seats are for the:
Liars, adulterers, misfits, prostitutes, tax collectors, the criminals, the hedgers, the ones that are lost. These reserved seats are for the ones that feel unworthy, unloved, undervalued and the ones that are afraid.
These seats are for us. So come and take your seat next to mine and let us find Peace.
Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Lord, help me not to pass by and not wonder at the beauty of all your creation.
Help me to be a reflection on Your love and peace.
Help me to slide over so that another may sit down next to me.
Let us lift each other up.