“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his spirit.” Ephesians 2:17-22
This verse was from worship on Sunday morning, and the verse about peace just stuck out to me, that Jesus brings peace, and that we are all connected and joined together by Him. This passage has been comforting to read through, that we all being built together to become His dwelling, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. He is to be center, our cornerstone. He is so near to us!
This is the wonderful church that my mom and I went to Sunday morning. The church was recommended to me by my cousin’s sister-in-law, and it just happens to be close-ish to my apartment and in a beautiful cathedral that looks a little like Diminent chapel (right?). As my mom and walked up, I saw young people walking up with bibles and got excited. During the worship I got goosebumps and almost cried as I felt at home. Even though this church isn’t at Hope, God is in this chapel, and in this city, and in my apartment, and for that I am thankful. As I run by the water and swim in Lake Michigan (after every single run), I thank God for this pretty city being on the water, for this opportunity to go to my dream-school in my dream-city, and that I still remain close to my loved ones in prayer, and that God is near and present and that He brings strength and peace during this time of transition.