Do you tend to think of self-care as regular doctor visits and taking a break from the busyness of life to participate in fun, distracting activities? Often the Lutheran tradition of the West tends to relegate our spiritual care mostly to a communal worship discipline, such as attending Sunday services and engaging in Bible study. These are absolutely essential, but they are not all-encompassing. The Christ life within us seeks a fuller expression into all areas of our lives.
It is important to have a special place set aside where you can practice and strengthen your relationship with God. If you decide to create a sacred space, consider these suggestions as you get started:
- Choose a space that meets the need. What is your desire for this space? Select your space with intention and prayerful consideration.
- Clear it out. Take away everything—even the curtains! Then prepare the space by cleaning it. Consider performing a ritual that will help dedicate the space to your purpose.
This message is adapted from “Sacred Spaces,” written by Inez Torres Davis, published by Women of the ELCA, and available at womenoftheelca.org.