The Weekend Brew: Sacred Places (by Mary Geisen)
As a child growing up in a very structured church, a sacred place looked like my church. The rows of pews surrounding the altar, as well as the body of Jesus on the cross displayed prominently behind the altar, were all tangible signs that this was a sacred place. A hush always greeted you as you entered the church doors and it was understood that your actions would match the reverence that reverberated through the room.
As a seeker, I began to question if God could only be found in the sacred boundaries of the church building. Were the common themes of how the physical space was laid out as well as the crucifix, sacred music, pews and altar necessary pieces to creating all sacred spaces? Was it possible to enter into other spaces and still find God’s presence?
As an adult follower of Christ, I have discovered that sacred places are everywhere. Google defines sacred as:
connected with God or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
If we know that sacred involves a connection with God, does it matter if the place contains all the elements that I described above? Can you be in communion with God in a setting other than a church?
Today I lean into God everywhere I am and in the relying on and listening to, I find God at home, in my work place, in a park, with a good friend and anyplace that God’s presence becomes greater than my own. For in the stillness and intentional listening, communion with God becomes the norm and this can happen anywhere.
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Where do you find God and enter into communion with Him? Are you seeking God in all the right places?
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)
We are so blessed you joined The Weekend Brew. May God bless your days with His presence and may you discover sacred places where you least expect them.