Psalm 122:1 declares, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.’”
That certainly was true for the people of Israel when they would go to the Temple or tabernacle to pray and to worship God. And that has been true for us at Kirkwood for the last 42 years as we have gathered in our beautiful Beeson Chapel for Worship, Bible Study, and other important gatherings.
For the last several months, however, that scripture passage has taken on an new and expanded meaning as our Chapel has become space where we have gathered for lots of activities besides worship. Since our $30+ million improvement and expansion plan broke ground in August, the Beeson Chapel has become a multi-purpose space for fellowship, friendship and many of our life enrichment programs.
So, in addition to our regular Tuesday Bible Study and Thursday Worship Service, on Mondays our Chapel has been the location for our monthly Birthday parties sponsored by our friends from IPC and BINGO. On Tuesdays it may be where we set up tables for Art class and listen to songs from various musicians. Wednesdays it’s been the location for our exercise and weekly Social Hour. Thursday afternoons it may be where Niki Sepsas takes us on a tour around the world or where Delores Hydock tells a wonderful story. On Friday it may be where we have Patsy and the Stones lead us in wonderful music and where we host our weekly movie night. And on other occasions it has been the location for games with neighbors, prayer with friends, and many holiday parties to celebrate life at Kirkwood with one another.
So, when I have in recent months read, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord,’” that phrase has taken on an expanded and enhanced meaning in this season at Kirkwood. This Chapel, not only has been a place for worship of God during this renovation, but it has also been a place for our residents to share fellowship, friendship and fun in lots of other ways.
Now, it is no question, that we are celebrating the end of the construction and are very much enjoying the beautiful new gathering places available to us. But how glad we have been that during our time of construction, our beautiful Beeson Chapel has met the needs of our residents in new and creative ways that has been a blessing to all of us at Kirkwood. Indeed, it has truly been in so many ways a place of which we can say, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.’”