Lent, as I wrote about recently, is an opportunity to make deliberate space in our lives to be with God. It is a time to reflect on where we are in our lives – our whole lives – in relation to the person God created us to be.
Yet it is really hard to schedule in the time, at least in my stage of life. Two very active young kids, two busy adult lives, and now, four cats (I’ll write about that in a few weeks). I avoid making a list of all the things I am doing, knowing that the length of the list may make me spiral into some state of disassociation. Instead, I move ahead each day find space for God.
But blessing of blessings, Grace-Trinity gifted me with an opportunity to be with God, and all I had to do was show up! On Wednesdays in Lent, Grace-Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis (Uptown) is hosting Sacred Space:
I wasn’t exactly sure what it would be like, but knowing the creativity of the Pastor and other members of the congregation, I expected great things. I was not disappointed.
Grace-Trinity transformed their vintage sanctuary into a unique labyrinth. Directed by the voices of congregation members and perfectly chosen music on the audio player, you are led from one station to the next. By the second station the whole world had been blocked out, leaving only the music, welcoming voices, and meaningful interactions. I was led to open my mind and spirit to a deeper understanding of Pslam 23, let go of things that have been holding me back from a fuller relationship with the Spirit, and find myself renewed with a spiritual energy.
I admit that some stations spoke to me deeper than others, but that is the joy and gift of a spiritual practice such as this. People come as they are and experience it as they need. At times I replayed the music for a particular station, allowing myself to linger as needed in prayer or silence. Others I skipped through quickly. But in the end, approaching the abundance of the communion table lighting the candle were perfect steps back into the reality of our walk between and within “real” life and the spiritual life.
I invite you to schedule time on your calendar to take the journey of Sacred Space.
It will be worth it.