Sacred places

On Sunday families, singles, young, elders, male, female, imprisoned, free, employed, retired, service, civilian will all attend services, take part in activities and gather together in a unified act of remembrance.  As we do, the place we gather becomes a sanctuary and a sacred place.

At many key points in our lives, we all need a sacred place or a special place of retreat.  Perhaps a place of significance from our past, or a quiet place to reflect.  It might be the draw of breathtaking scenery, open expanse, a ‘thin place’, or historic site.  A place where we can connect with our inner being and become grounded.

Some of my sacred places

As I was thinking about this today, I progressed into an awareness of there also being within us areas of our spirit, or consciousness of mind that might also be labelled as ‘sacred places’.  Perhaps a memory, a feeling or emotion conjured up by sight, smell or taste.  A place of escape or healing when we feel overwhelmed.

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God

As we all take on the responsibility of remembrance this week-end, I pray that we will all find a sacred place in which to reflect and in the unity of humanity create a sacred commitment to peace and forgiveness and draw us nearer to the heart of God