Encountering God in the Context of the Sacred and the Profane
We each need time, space, and even a place to be alone both with ourselves and with God in this world of incessant busyness. Finding the time is never easy unless we make time or set aside the time each day, each week, each month depending on our routine and the flow of our lives. It does not always need to be routinized, but it does need to be regular even in an unordered kind of way. Some people need time each day while for others setting aside weekly or monthly blocks of time better fits their personality, temperament, and lifestyle. Space is also important. By space, I mean a setting that allows one not to be interrupted by the mundane necessities of life, plus an environment that facilitates openness to God and sets us free for relaxation, solitude, meditation, and engagement. Place and space, of course, are closely interrelated. We each need a place or places, which because of their very nature has the ability to become a sacred place. Not all places or spaces have the capacity to become sacred; however, when we find that combination of place and space where we are free to honestly be ourselves both before ourselves and before God then we are in a sacred or holy place. It may be a very ordinary place or space in the eyes of others but for us, it becomes one of those special places where we are free to encounter God without inhibition or restriction. Such places are those where God in all his goodness, love and grace encounter us in all of our fragility, unworthiness, and inadequacy. This is not something magical rather it is something sacred. The fact is that we each need the sacred to enter into the profane and mundane reality of our lives if we are to be fully human for to be fully human is to be holy or whole in the biblical sense of the term. Holiness is not simply an ethical reality but also a relational reality that stems from walking with and encountering God in the context of the profane and mundane aspect of our lives.