Finding a Sacred Space…

Botanic Gardens, San Diego, CA

     A few weeks ago, I realized I needed to do some serious work in my home office. It’s my favorite room in our house, but I’d allowed it to become chaotic. The little oak prayer desk Ron built for me years ago was laden with unopened mail, unfiled documents, unfinished projects and too many books. The desk’s lovely granite top wasn’t even visible.

     So, the project began. Ron painted. My daughter, Angie, who’s got a great eye for interior decorating, helped with design decisions. I purged, consolidated files, reorganized and de-cluttered the prayer desk.

     During this time, while going through a file, I ran across a poem I’d written seventeen years ago during a season when my overwhelmed and probably overworked soul longed for greater spiritual intimacy. The poem was entitled “My Secret Place.”

     As I read and re-read the words of this prayer, I recognized a similar longing and realized the office renovation project was related. My soul was longing for a sacred space. I sat down at my computer and revised the words “secret place” to “sacred space.”

     While in the process of this project, I had a coaching conversation with a young woman who was wrestling with the best way to develop a closer relationship with God. I mentioned the idea of creating a dedicated “sacred space.” That same day my young friend sent an email and photo that warmed my heart. She’s given me permission to share her words and photo with you.

“I just felt I wanted to show you what the Lord put on my heart to create after our chat. I moved a little couch around in my room to create a “nook” (see picture below) with a nice window and candle and guitar nearby for spiritual songs, etc.)”

     In a subsequent conversation this special young woman said she’d spent time in her ‘sacred space’ every day, and “It’s been wonderful!”

     I too have once again found solace in my ‘sacred space.’

     Here’s the poem prayer I wrote in 2002 and revised in 2019. I hope some who are reading these words today will find it meaningful. Also, I’d love to hear about your ‘sacred space.’

My Sacred Space

Lord, help me find a sacred space.[1]
A shelter from life’s hectic race;
A place where I’ll find strength in you,
Where faith and hope will be renewed.

Lord, meet me in that sacred space;
Reveal a glimpse of Jesus’ face.
In stillness teach me how to walk,
Which paths to take, how best to talk.

Then, when I leave that place, I pray
You’ll guard my mind throughout the day.
Help me take captive every thought, [2]
To think what’s pure and shun what’s not.

To meditate on truth and light[3]
waking hours and silent nights.
In secret thoughts love, trust, obey;
Desiring Your will and way.

Make me a child you can bless,
An image of Christ’s graciousness.
Through spirit eyes, Lord, help me see
My life with You eternally.

©Sue Reeve 2002; Revised 2019

May your soul be replenished and refreshed in your ‘sacred space’…

Sue Reeve

  1. “…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 NKJV
  2. “…we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
  3. “…Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”Philippians 4:8 NLT

1 thought on “Finding a Sacred Space…

  1. Each morning after breakfast, my husband and I go our “separate” ways…..me into our bedroom and him in our other bedroom that serves as an office. For each of us, it’s our time for prayer, reflection of the previous day we had (good or bad), and the beginning of our new day. I actually look forward to this quiet time each morning and if I get any phone calls or interruptions, and get a set back from my time, I become agitated and feel that “my time” with God is being stolen from me!! That’s how important it is to both of us! I call it our “morning vitamin” because it is definitely a well-needed, sacred place and time for us to quietly spend time with God and the Blessed Mother Mary in prayer…..

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