26 May

What a peaceful word! The root of the word actually suggests “set apart; separate.” Further dictionary exploration suggests “a holy or sacred place, a place of protection and safety.” Consider other words from this origin: sanction, sanctity, sanctimonious. Some words reflect positivity and others, not so much. I like the idea of being set apart–like at church where there is usually a space set apart for worship. Even in nature we think of a wildlife sanctuary as a special place of protection and refuge. Imagine this:

S afe

A uthentic

N eeds met

C hrist-centered

T houghtful

U nderstanding

A live

R estful

Y es!

Can people be sanctuaries? Of course. There is a song about it: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true…”

We can be a safe place for our faith to be held deep inside ready to be guided by that faith daily. We can also be a sanctuary for others–a safe relationship in which to engage.

Do you know where your sanctuaries are? Do you understand the special qualities of those sanctuaries in your life?

Are you a sanctuary?

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