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Weekly Sanctuary

a place of rest, connection, and peace

When life is busy, demanding, or unpredictable, it’s easy to start to feel fatigued. Our hope is that Weekly Sanctuary will help you create a space in your life where your soul can pause and catch its breath. A space where you can cultivate perspective for the week ahead and find refreshment in the midst of difficult circumstances. 

 

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Practicing Your Faith

July 25, 2021

John 15:9  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”   It’s impossible to grow without putting in some kind of effort. Growing in…

Restoration

July 11, 2021

A beautiful part of resurrection is and will be restoration.  Resurrection is the restoring of life; the restoring of relationship.   I feel a deep, almost desperate need for restoration, for this “bringing something back to its original condition, returning something to its original owner, returning something to an unimpaired or improved condition.”    From…

Resurrection reality

July 4, 2021

Resurrection.    That word is very attractive to me, especially now. I’m hungry for Resurrection. There’s been so much difficulty over the last year, so much Death and Burial. I’m so very ready for some new life.   Resurrection is a radical word and an even crazier reality. Throughout my life, in church and in…

Transition and Transformation

June 27, 2021

My three-year-old daughter’s favorite activity during our daily commute is “I Spy.”  During the guessing game, the “spy” chooses an object within sight, and the other person has to guess what the object is, with only the color as a clue.     Over the last few months, “I spy…something green” has led to some interesting…

Acceptance and Surrender

June 20, 2021

In the undercurrents of our narratives and clichés is a cultural conspiracy designed to convince us that we are in control of our lives.   That if we work hard enough, we can guarantee our success. That if we dream big enough, anything is possible. That if we serve God and play by the rules,…

Sorrow and Joy

June 13, 2021

I am a parent. I have lost a parent. I have children. I have lost children.   Sorrow is not an unfamiliar emotion in my life.  Grief and trauma  have been woven into the story of my family  quite frequently during the last decade.  Yet, so has joy.   In Ecclesiastes 3, we read that…

Language and Valleys

June 6, 2021

No one wants to be fluent  in the language of grief.  No one wants to grow familiar  with the valley of death.    Yet, for some of us,  this is the land in which we dwell  and the words that we utter.    This has been a hard season.    For some of us,  what started…

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening Part 3

May 30, 2021

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and…

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening Part 2

May 23, 2021

Last week we began this short series on the spiritual discipline of gardening by exploring what it looks like to steward the land that God has granted us. This week we will look at the practice of patience. Patience doesn’t come naturally for me. I think this is enhanced by our culture’s obsession with how…

The Spiritual Discipline of Gardening – Part 1

May 16, 2021

At first glance, you may not think of gardening as a spiritual discipline.  Spiritual disciplines have been defined as, “…habits, practices, and experiences that are designed to develop, grow, and strengthen certain qualities of spirit — to build the ‘muscles’ of one’s character and expand the breadth of one’s inner life. They structure the workouts…

The Daily Check-In

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

- Matthew 6:34

It is easy to become anxious these days. As we look at the world around us we battle to not be overwhelmed. Yet we read in Matthew 6:34 to not be anxious about tomorrow, instead focus on the trouble or needs of today.