“The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place for my feet.”
– Isaiah 60:13 (NIV)
As we have been looking towards our R1000 event, we have been examining passages of scripture that call us to dream bigger and consider who we can invite to be part of what God is doing in our lives and city. This Bible verse beautifully captures the essence of what makes God’s sanctuary so glorious.
After a bit of research (thank you online commentaries), I discovered that the trees mentioned in this passage are from diverse topographical locations and they serve different purposes. For example, the juniper is a plant found in desert areas that offers shade to those who come across it. The fir has many purposes including being used in musical instruments and construction due to its sturdy and resonant qualities. Some sources say that the cypress tree stands for a symbol of life, death, and resurrection.
We have these three kinds of trees mentioned that have different purposes and come from different geographical regions. The diversity of their location and function remind me of the body of Christ, the church, wherein people from all nations, tongues, and experiences are welcomed into the house of God. The diversity of God’s kingdom speaks to the vast beauty of God’s creation as well as how much we need the unique skills and insights that all of God’s children have to offer.
This season of prayer and fasting has reminded me to be dreaming big for what God is doing in Montreal and in our house. I’ve also been reminded that as we are asking God who He would have us invite to the many R1000 opportunities to connect, we are reaching out into our communities to bring people in close. Close to the heart of God. Close to a family who sees and cares for them. We are inviting people into an atmosphere of healing, restoration, and community.
So who are you inviting to R1000? We can’t wait to meet them!
Resurgent Music Director