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.
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, 
To think what’s pure and shun what’s not.
To meditate on truth and light
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’…
- “…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 ↑
- “…we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV ↑
- “…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 ↑