“The beauty of holiness”. I love this phrase. I am not sure I can put into words exactly what it means but I know what it feels like. Holiness is God and, somehow, we are to begin to get caught up in God, even this side of the grave.

You may wonder why this has suddenly come to mind for me. This week we have commemorated Lancelot Andrewes who was a priest in England, he lived from 1555 to 1626. It is a phrase with which he is very much associated. (find out more about this period)

Holiness is not a commodity, it is not something in which we can take a course in and get a certificate. Throughout the history of God’s people there has been an understanding that God gives to “whom God wills”. This is not to say that God is mean or unfair, but that we cannot demand an entrance into holiness and its beauty as if we were going through a drive-thru and ordering food. It is something which we can open our hearts to with patience and anticipation. We ask, in the words of the Psalmist, “Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” (Psalm 25:5)

Waiting for God is both an action and a way of living.