It’s great to be back and part of everyday life in Hope Church and to catch up with all that has been happening during the last 3 months. However I have so appreciated this time away and thought I would write a short piece on something God has been speaking to me about.
On March 25th I finished work to start my sabbatical. During this time I have sought as much as I can to withdraw to a quiet place and be still. (Quite a difficult thing for me). During these 14 weeks I have sat or been alone in silence for hour upon hour.
I have read a lot, mainly monastic writings. One small piece laid hold of me at the beginning of this time. It is from Benedict. He lays down a simple marker in seeking to find the sacred space.
‘Let us ask the Lord: “Who will dwell in your tent, O Lord; who will find rest upon your holy mountain?” After this question, brothers, let us listen to what the Lord says in reply, for he shows us the way to his tent. “One who walks without blemish,” he says, and in all his dealings, who speaks the truth from his heart and has not practised deceit with his tongue.”
Finding the sacred space begins with the recognition of the sacred in your daily living.
If you want to find the sacred space in your life, then you must want to ‘walk without blemish’. You will of course, fail to live without blemish; but failing is quite different from not even trying.