I love libraries. They’re warm and inviting, safe and cozy, and celebrate and cherish some of my favorite things: books, poetry, people, learning, reading, community and more. When I visit other places, I love to see their libraries. When I’m working in new towns and need a place to check email, or do some work, it’s either coffee shop or a library. Libraries welcome me in, inviting me to find a cozy spot, to sit and read, learn, discover, explore. And they’re free, open to anyone and everyone.
I love churches too. No really, I do. I love to sit in a new (to me) sanctuary, to see how the light falls from stain glass windows. I’m curious to see how different communities serve their neighbors. I read every piece of paper in the pews. Even more than that, I want to see every nook and cranny, small hidden stairs, and “secret” passageways. I’m fascinated by design choices made hundreds of years ago to help with sound projection and how history shows up in large and small ways. I enjoy seeing how other churches utilize technology. I love how churches can feel like community centers, museums, art galleries, sacred worship space, schools, and mission HQ, sometimes all at the same time.
What are your safe and sacred places: the places where you feel most yourself and the places where God feels close, present, almost touchable.
Space and place can change our energy, our moods, our intentions. When I walk into a library, I immediately begin to whisper and to ask “What am I going to read next?” When I walk into a grocery store, I’m almost always immediately hungry. And when I walk into a church, I am mindful of the presence of God, the call to serve God’s people, and the invitation to prayer and worship.
How can we carry this mindfulness and invitation beyond Sunday morning, and into our homes? How can we use the power of place to connect and reconnect us to the Holy? This Sunday, we’ll explore the power of place to draw us into God’s presence and help us turn towards the light.
I’ll see you on Sunday,