The readings this month for the Finan Readings from “Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings From the Northumbria Community” have been taken from the book, The City Without a Church, by Henry Drummond.
Nicole and I have felt a sense of calling and excitement about living in our new community of Aurora and so it has been really cool to read passages taken throughout Scriptures that point to this theme of city and God’s calling and working in cities as we think of our current context. Plus it has been exciting, while also tiring and frustrating to get things fixed up and repaired in our new home. The two latest things we’ve been working the most on are painting the walls and working on our main floor bathroom, mainly working on trying to figure out how to hook this drain up correctly.
Anyhow, this was the reading to go with the Celtic Daily Prayer for yesterday that we read as a family after dinner:
Where are you to begin? Begin where you are. Make that one corner, room, house, office, as like heaven as you can. Begin? Begin with the paper on the walls, make that beautiful; with the air, keep it fresh; with the very drains, make them sweet. Abolish whatsoever makes a lie — in conversation, in social intercourse, in correspondence, in domestic life. This done, you have arranged for a heaven, but you have not got it. Heaven lies within: in kindness, in humbleness, in unselfishness, in faith, in love, in service. To get these in, get Christ in. Teach all in the house about Christ — what He did, and what He said, and how He lived. Teach it not as a doctrine, but as a discovery, as your own discovery. Live your own discovery.
Then pass out into the city. Do all to it that you have done at home.
That just seemed like such an affirmation to us. It does seem daunting to me to try and reach a city, but we can begin with our own home, seeking kindness, humbleness, unselfishness in faith, love and service. And to create a home of love and welcoming to others… with sweet drains!