Yesterday, I blogged about a new practice that God has revealed to me:
“I believe that we need a place, a sanctuary that is inviting.
I believe that we need a purpose, to sit still and soak in His illumination.
I believe God’s promises that give me sustenance and are invigorating.
I believe that I will see progress whereby my soul is nourished and I will have internal peace.”
Today, I want to focus on the first one. The importance of having a place to practice. A sanctuary all your own. Where you invite His presence.
Does that sound foreign or enticing?
Honestly, it sounds like both to me. Foreign because I have access to God anywhere and enticing because who doesn’t want to be in God’s presence??
When I speak of a place for you and God to meet, I am referring to a physical place that is devoted to spending time with God. This will be different for all of us. My sanctuary or altar where I commune with God is in my office. I have a comfy red chair, a candle, a table, and a lamp. My bible is there as well as some of my study materials, prayers that I like to read, and an old hymnal.
It is located by the double window where the light cascades as the sun shares its life with me in the afternoon. Sometimes I use music in my sanctuary as well.
Some may feel that the word altar is too strong to use in this instance, but I don’t. The Eucharistic meal (Bread and Wine) is displayed and eaten from an altar. Eucharist is a Greek word that means “thanksgiving”.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” I Corinthians 11:23-24
When I sit in my sanctuary with God, I am communing with Him. I am partaking of the Bread of Life. Sometimes, I do take actual communion with Him. He is always with me.
The word communion is also greek: koinōnía. It means to fellowship, share, or participate.
When I commune with God in my sanctuary with Him, I am accepting His invitation to be with Him. And it is as sweet as honeycomb…
You know how you love spending time with your husband, children, friends, and whomever you love? It doesn’t really matter what you do. As long as you are with the One you love, the rest will come.
Don’t force it. Just show up. You may be delightfully surprised. I hope you are.
Do you have a place for you and Him? If not, what do you want your meeting place to be like?
Check back in tomorrow when I will blog about the second part of the practice: I believe that we need a purpose, to sit still and soak in His illumination. Now that we have the place established, I will get more specific about my purpose behind the practice. I will also share more about what my communing with God looks like.