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The Weekend Brew: Sacred Places (by Mary Geisen)

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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?

Sacred Place

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.

Mary.2Mary is mom of two grown sons, an elementary teacher and a woman seeking God in the ordinary routines of life. Mary shares her grace journey at her blog, Passage Through Grace.  You can also connect with Mary on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.



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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne Viola
    November 15, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Mary, wonderful thoughts. Like you, I have found communion with God anywhere I take time to acknowledge His Presence. In the years of driving my children around, I often called my van, “My Sanctuary”, because once I threw on my music & worshiped Him, He filled my van 🙂 We are truly a blessed people that we can come to our God 24/7. Glad to join you this morning!
    Joanne Viola recently posted..Of Life, Challenges & Love

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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I love the thought of my car also being a sanctuary. There is so much joy happening there when the worship music is on. Amen to being blessed. Let’s all open ourselves wide to God’s presence everyday.

      Love that you joined the conversation this weekend! Blessings friend!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    November 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Isn’t that such a wonderful thing? We cannot escape God’s awesome presence. He is always with us…and will never leave us. 🙂

    We often go on nature walks… one of my most favorite things to do. When we do… I don’t necessarily ‘think’ about God… but he draws me in to observing his creation with joy and it’s during those times my spirit is renewed and I am in greater awe of his glories.

    May your day be richly blessed!
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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Diane- I’m so glad you are here. It sounds like we share a love of nature walks. The beauty as well as the peace that surround me on these walks usually turns into a beautiful time of worship. What a blessing!

      Enjoy God’s presence this weekend and as you begin your week! 🙂
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Karen Brown
    November 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    What a beautiful message of humility! Yes, we are designed to live in community (church family), but what joy comes when we realize that God cannot be contained within a building or an institution. I loved your words about how God is found through the appropriate posture of our own hearts. Thanks for sharing your gift here… and for hosting the linkup!
    Karen Brown recently posted..A Proverbs 31 Christmas

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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Your words blessed me, Karen! It’s not easy but when we step away from ourselves and turn our focus to God, we are given such beautiful gifts of God’s presence throughout our days.

      I love hosting The Weekend Brew because of the beautiful community that gathers here. Hugs and blessings!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Beth
    November 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I am so grateful we can come to God wherever and whenever. I am sitting here reading from Exodus and reminded of His holiness and how when we do come before Him it should still be done with reverence and repentance. We should not rush into worship with Him or take advantage of how accessible He is to us.
    I just love how you and Barbie are partnering together for this lovely community.
    Blessings to you both.
    xoxo
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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thank you for the reminder that there should be no rushing in our quiet, sacred moments and more importantly we should come in thanksgiving first as we worship for the blessings that we are given. I love how Exodus was your source for the reminder and how you look for God in His word.
      Love that you stop by and join us and love working side by side with Barbie! Hugs and blessings friend!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Chris
    November 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Mary, girlfriend, you are so spot on. He must become more and us less. This is where we find Him. In the sacred place of the yielded heart.
    Chris recently posted..Is This What It Means To Know God?

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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Chris for your words of encouragement! I am so glad that you joined in the conversation and shared the importance of losing ourselves in order to gain God. Weekend blessings!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Julie Lefebure
    November 15, 2014 at 6:26 am

    This is wonderful, Mary. So thankful God is with us everywhere, and we can experience those sacred times with Him at home, at school, outdoors, everywhere. My favorite is sitting in our recliner, when I read His Word and do my studying. Lifting you and Barbie in prayer this morning. God bless you both.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Thank you for your prayers this morning and for your presence here. May we find God everywhere and open wide in acceptance when His voice whispers or speaks loudly. Hugs and blessings friend!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Heather @40YearWanderer
    November 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

    When I realized that as God’s creation, I understood what it meant to be in His perfecting process. To become more like Jesus. I’m so thankful for His presence always.

    You always buys me, Mary. Beautiful words here!
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    Kathryn Ross
    November 15, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Great post, Mary! I love the Sanctuary of the Lord in my “secret place” — no pews necessary.

    Joy to you!
    Kathy
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    Chris Malkemes
    November 15, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Mary, girlfriend, you are “spot on.” Sanctuary is where He is greater than we are. John the Baptist had it right: He must become more and I must become less.” The yielded heart is where we come to know Him and the yielding can be done anywhere at any time.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Wise words, Chris-the yielded heart is where we find God and come to know Him. So true! Love seeing you here at The Weekend Brew. Thanks for joining the conversation. Weekend Blessings!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life
    November 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Mary, thanks for inviting us to look for the sacred today. This is a beautiful reflection. For me, I find I connect deeply with the Lord when I am outside — especially in front of the ocean. Its vastness reminds me of how mysterious and amazing my God is.
    Blessings to you this weekend!

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      Mary Geisen
      November 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      I love the outside but I also have a special connection with God at the ocean. His bigness is on display but His gentleness flows in with the tide. Blessed you joined in the conversation and thank you for joining The Weekend Brew today.
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Jenny
    November 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful post. Thanks be to God He makes Himself available at any moment, anywhere. His love is amazing.
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    Barbie
    November 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    LOVE this post Mary. It reminds of the scripture verse Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Every place can be a sacred place when we invite God in. Thank you for being such a beautiful and gracious hostess of The Weekend Brew!

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    Mary Geisen
    November 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Barbie-I love being here with you! This is home! Thank you for reminding me of the verse from Jeremiah and that it is in the seeking with our whole being that we find God. Love you friend!
    Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    bluecottonmemory
    November 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    As a child, I found him in my back yard, in a closet – under the covers when I was frightened and we were taught about him in the classroom. I think it helped me to not keep in stuffed in a Sunday-morning-church-only box. My days go so much better when I know He’s with me everywhere! Thank you, Mary!
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

      I love the sense of awareness you had of Jesus as a child. It sounds like it was very comforting. I agree completely that when God’s presence is greater than my own on any given day, it is sure to go much smoother. Blessed you joined in the conversation and community today!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Dana Butler
    November 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    This is beautiful and so congruent with some of the things Jesus has been impressing on my heart lately – there’s this burning desire to see Him in all the facets of my life and all the faces around me… Love you, Mary. Thanks for this.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      I pray we all may find God in our everyday and everywhere and that His presence is all we need. Blessed you stopped by and hung out for a bit. Love you right back, Dana!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Elizabeth
    November 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I’m so grateful that God is omnipresent so we can meet with Him anywhere and everywhere. I believe the minute we make a move to seek Him, He runs to meet with us.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I believe that as soon as we open the door a crack, God comes in too. He pursues us relentlessly and we need to provide the opening for Him to join us right where we are. Thank you for being here Elizabeth and joining the conversation. Hugs!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Lisha Epperson
    November 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I haven’t been here in a long while! what a delight to see you hosting Mary! You articulated, perfectly what I felt on a recent walk in Central Park. A walk amongst the trees was indeed holy, a true sacred space. For sure God was bigger than me. I recognized it and was grateful.
    Lisha Epperson recently posted..Give Me Grace : In Which I Take a Walk to Find My Way Home

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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

      So glad you stopped over to The Weekend Brew! Love how God teaches and reaches us everywhere and your walk through Central Park looked stunning. Taking a walk through Central Park is on my bucket list. Thank you for joining in and sharing your experience.
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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      Barbie
      November 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks for visiting The Weekend Brew Lisha!

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    Carmen Horne
    November 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Love this Mary. I am reminded where God is welcomed in my life will become a sacred place.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      So glad you stopped by today Carmen. May we all feel God’s presence through the welcoming spirit we extend to all. Blessed you linked up too! Have a beautiful week!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Laurie Collett
    November 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    As a child, decades before I was saved, I used to slip into a church in our neighborhood. It was always empty and unlocked, and just sitting there I felt closer to God even though I didn’t know Him yet. Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Your words of encouragement mean so much and taking time to join in the conversation is a blessing. It sounds like your story is one I would love to hear someday. Blessings for a beautiful week!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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    Donna from Holimess
    November 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I love your description of sacred places. Just beautiful. Psalm 27 is my favorite psalm and dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of my life is the very scripture that inspired my blog, Holimess. Thank you for sharing.
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      Mary Geisen
      November 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      What a great Psalm to base your blog around. Blessed by your presence today and I look forward to getting to know you better. Have a beautiful week!
      Mary Geisen recently posted..Sacred Places… {The Weekend Brew}

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