I have never really understood what this word is all about, but it is the poem below that I have read recently that got me thinking about what this word really means.
In the dictionary it is defined as a ‘ deep respect for someone or something,’ and has origins in the 13th Century Latin reverential, meaning awe and respect.
During this time of lockdown I have had the opportunity to make new friends and get to know others more and learn about their life journey in all sorts of ways. It is in the listening and learning about their story and who they are that has deepened my understanding and respect for them and what they have done.
Paul talks about having reverence for God in Ephesians 5:21 with respect to “submitting ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ”
It is not for personal benefit that we submit to each other, but rather out of “ reverence for Christ”. When we serve others, we serve the Lord. We lay aside our own needs and wants and humbly serve one another in love.
During this time of great sadness, uncertainty, challenge and change, I am sure that we all have stories to tell of people who have gone about humbly serving and loving each other and have learnt about others who live alongside us in our street, town, country and much further afield.
Let us take time to thank God for those who have served us,
…..for the time to learn about those whose lives are very different from ours and how best we can serve them.
……and let us pray that as we continue to travel on life’s journey into the unexpected and unknown that we do so with renewed and refreshed reverence for God and in service to one another.
When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery,
you return to rhythm with yourself.
When you take the time to travel with reverence,
a richer life unfolds before you.
Moments of beauty begin to braid your days.
When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence,
the light, grace and elegance of beauty find you more frequently.
When the destination becomes gracious, the journey becomes an adventure of beauty.
John O'Donohue (1 January 1956 – 4 January 2008) Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher. Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.