Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ariel

Isaiah 29:2 Jerusalem shall be to me like an Ariel.

An Ariel? The word appears to be the name of an "altar hearth", and a double reference to Jerusalem as the center of Hebrew worship and to Jerusalem destroyed and burned by invasion. The judgment image aside, as I read and prayed through the passage this week, I wondered what God would have me put on the altar of my heart. One of the new Pentecost hymns calls out, "make my heart an altar-pyre" ("Wind Who Makes All Winds that Blow") and Psalm 5 declares "every day I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and wait for fire to descend" (The Message).

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