Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Finding a Quiet Sanctuary
Guest Artist: Dore
There is such a peace and delight evoked in Dore’s special, hand-painted piece! It makes me smile and I’m sure it makes you smile too...It also reminds me that the Lord’s love is a true-life sanctuary. How wonderful and comforting that concept is! It brings such peace.
In prayer and meditation, we can be in the midst of that sanctuary 24/7 and we can go there at any time. About 6 months ago, I started to think about where I wanted to have my personal sanctuary. I had to think, “Where would my special space be?” I settled on a wing-back chair in my bedroom near the fireplace.
I had picked a wonderful spot. Then, I made a decision to go there every day to pray. But, I never seemed to find a minute in my schedule to do it! Hard to believe, but true. You would think that I would have looked forward to that peaceful time. You would imagine that the wing-back chair would represent some quiet moments of solace. Then, why was it so difficult to find a minute to do something I wanted to do most? Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that. It would be akin to someone winning the lottery and not showing up to collect a prize!
What I found was that when I could go to my prayer group and pray with a small group of friends, it was more comfortable. That is when it dawned on me that not everyone has a group near them. So, I wanted to create this on-linespace to be a respite...A place for people to take a few minutes for themselves.
How do things stand with the chair and me now? I realized I picked the wrong spot! I find that my special place is in the kitchen....I don’t know why, but that’s my space.
I encourage you to find yours! And when you do, feel free to share it here. In the meantime, I am happy that I found a spiritual place--a place to pray for everyone on my prayer list--and even those who aren’t.
Wherever your sanctuary is, I wish you peace in your special place.
Posted by Cindy Adkins at 11:38 PM