As you read about the magnificence of the Temple plans and its construction, picture its size: 90 feet long by 30 feet wide by 45 feet high. Imagine 30 yards on a football field for its length.
One of the wise moves Solomon makes is to get help from others who would “own” the project. This is a sign of true leadership: when following feels part of the leading! Solomon invites an unbelieving neighboring King, Hiram of Tyre, to be a subcontractor.
Ask the Lord to let you see the spiritual gifts of those around you so that together you can “build” the spiritual temple, a community of love and peace that praises the Lord.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Grant me wisdom in my heart. 5:7
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated to 1 Kings.
Beginning Sunday, July 8th, the Firestarters from the new edition of
The Bible Through the Seasons for families will be posted daily.