Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Sandhurst

Daily Scripture & Reflection

19 Jul 2020, 7:30 a.m.
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Daily Scripture

When Jacob awoke from his sleep he thought ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.... This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven. Genesis 28.16,17

Daily Reflection

Jacob is in a bad place, running from his conflict-ridden past towards an uncertain future. Exhausted, he lies down to rest in a random, insignificant spot, and there, in the famous dream of a ladder connecting earth and heaven, he encounters God. Not an angry God, reproaching Jacob for his misdeeds, but a God who comes to meet him in his need, giving him hope for the future and the promise of a new life.

When he awakes Jacob is overwhelmed to realise that in this unlikely place he has been in the presence of God. He has glimpsed heaven. And he is a changed man.

God, ‘within no walls confined’ still comes to meet us in the least expected places. ‘Where’er we seek him He is found, and every place is hallowed ground’.

Revd Rosemary