Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sanctuary

I don't know if it's true... or just a movie fabrication... but I remember seeing movies where there were criminals or people running from the law and they would run to the local church and cry "Sanctuary!"  and they were immediately safe.  The one place they couldn't go after these people was the church.  They were safe as long as they were in there.

and like I said, I don't know if it's true or not, but I really like this idea.  I want to be the kind of person who is a sanctuary for other people.  That in my presence, they feel safe.  They feel like they can be themselves.  They feel protected.  I want people to find peace when they are around me.  I want to be a person who pumps life and vitality into lives that are seriously lacking each of these qualities.

I want to be this especially for Josh.  I want to be a safe place for his heart to come out and to come alive.  I want him to feel at rest in my presence.  I want our home to be this for him, and for any of our visitors.  

I want people to feel this way when I give them massages.  I want them to feel like they are cared for and loved.  To feel like they don't have to worry about what's going on around them, or outside of the room... but they can immediately be ushered into a place of peace and love where their happiness- their comfort- their heart-   matters.

I want to be a sanctuary people.  A real sanctuary, where Gods presence resides.  I want His presence in me to be the reason that people can feel rest... peace... safety...