Friday, March 30, 2007

Sacred Spaces

Just as every marriage is different, so is every relationship between the believer and their Lord. But in reading the biographies of men and women of God and watching the lives of those around me whom I admire in the Lord, they all have one thing in common. They have a sacred space where they meet with the Lord. I’m not talking about setting aside a time for spending time with Him, but an actual physical space where they go to meet with Jesus.

For Dick Eastman (The Hour That Changes The World) it is a tin hut set aside for the purpose; for Joyce Huggett (Listening To God) it is a room in her home; for Suzannah Wesley (mother of John and Charles) it was simply a chair where she could sit and put her apron over her head so that the children knew she was not to be disturbed.

When I was at Moorlands it was very difficult to find such a space. With 120 students on campus, most sharing rooms, it was almost impossible to find a place that could be used daily. You would think you’d found somewhere, but turn up the following day to find that someone else had beaten you to it. For a while my sacred space was a bus shelter just beyond the college gates!

The value of a personal sacred space, whatever form it takes, is that it becomes a place where it is easier to slip into the Lord’s presence. It becomes infused with all the memories of past experiences with the Lord in prayer. It almost seems sometimes as though He is already waiting for us there when we arrive.

Prayer College Assignment
If you don’t yet have a sacred space, give some thought and consideration to where you might create one. If you do have such a space, ask the Lord if there’s anything you can do to enhance it.

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