God's Presence

Psalm 148
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
He established them for ever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. vs 3-6

I tend to think of sacred space as being outdoors. It seems that I most often connect with God through nature: looking at or being in the mountains or by water—a lake, river or the ocean. When I walk outdoors, I don’t wear headphones or listen to music because I like to listen to the breeze, the birds and the sounds around me. I sit in my 2nd story office and watch hawks swoop right past my window and over the open space. I consistently respond to the question, “what is your image of God?” by drawing or describing an outdoor scene. I think one of God’s favorite hangouts is in the Tetons.

But to be honest, I’m not so sure I see the same places as “sacred” when the temperatures drop below freezing or zero. How does being a fair-weather friend to nature affect my perception of sacred space? And by sacred space, I mean the places where I find God and feel God’s presence.

So this weather causes me to pause and reconsider my definition of sacred space. And I think that’s a good thing. It’s often easier for me to look back on my day and reflect on my connections and understanding of God’s presence. So here’s a quick list of how I saw God’s presence:
• a text message from my son Isaac who’s away at college
• my home is safe, warm and dry, the sun is shining through the windows and I have good food to eat
• my space heater makes my home office comfortably warm
• my husband is home from work due to the schools being closed and finding chores to do around the house
• The Firm youth group meets at my house to enjoy one another, play a little Uno and talk about how God provides and protects
• listening to music on my computer fills me with joy

Okay, once I start reflecting I could go on and on…this MUST be sacred space! Lord, help me to be mindful of your presence and to not have certain expectations of where you may or may not be. May I see that you are in the dirty laundry, the emptying of the dishwasher, and the cooking of meals. Let me find you walking down the stairs, taking out the trash and feeding the dog. Father let wonder be my guide and awe lead me. Jesus taught us about you using water, wine, yeast, seeds, salt, light and more. May I see everything as your gift. In Jesus name, amen.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3

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