Sacred Spaces 521 – A little bit of LENT

We are a school (college) of 51 students. ONLY one of knew what  lent / ash Wednesday  was about.

I was shocked!

But i am aware that all these students come from very different  Christian upbringings.

And it was suggested to me too that  perhaps in some of the Afrikaans churches LENT is not a big thing…

Regardless, this afternoon i had an awesome moment. 8 students and i sat in a circle  under the shade of a tree in a quieter part of campus… we had a little Ash Wednesday  service.

There was something authentic about that gathering… like a glimpse of heaven touching earth.

My simple  prayer: God, stir something in the depths of us all as we approach Easter with conviction.

The church calendar has a profound candence to it.

I believe when a believer follows these little “cairns” in the calendar that  they begin to tune into a deeper rhythm of what  God is doing…

There is longetivity  of belief in those who listen to the seasons that God has put in place…

“Rend your heart, not your garments” Joel 2:13

Sacred Spaces 520 – This is the day that the Lord has made.

We live in the beautiful Western Cape. It’s breathtaking down here.
Currently we live on a farm / plot type thing.

Come check it out if you are ever in the area. (88 Mondeor, Somerset West)

One of the “chores” (for lack of a better word) is that every second day or so i need to clean these pine needles.

Because they pile up quickly and become a right mess.

But i do it without complaining.
Because there is something to the little things we need to do on a daily basis.

Life is full of them.
Our lives are a gift and we need to celebrate that!

I’m reminded of Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made, i will rejoice and be glad in it.”

That’s the truth!
Daily, we should tune into God.

Life and Faith have routined things. And that’s okay. It helps us focus in some ways.

Have a good week!

Sacred Spaces 519 – A prose among the grapes.

The Vine
Will you remain in Me?
I won’t let you go.
A relationship with Me is about connection.
Connect the dots of your with My pencil.
I am writing a beautiful story over your life.

The Gardener
These rugged hands that tend to you.
Are the same ones that hold the stars in place.
That were outstretched on a cross.
I will lift you up.
You will be secure in My hands no matter what the season.
I know what I am doing. Trust Me.

The Branch
I would be foolish to think i am alone.
I would be like sour grapes apart from You.
I falter at times.
Be patient with me.
I’m still holding on.

And i can’t wait for the day we get to sip on wine together.
I’ll gladly do the pouring…

Dear Sacred Spaces reader

To whom it may concern,

I love words. I love reading. I love writing. I love expressing myself.

But…
You may have noticed… I have posted less over the last few weeks.
This ministry (it started as that) has gone on since Oct 2004. So thats roughly just over 12 years.

I’ve always prayed and hoped it would encourage a reader or two. And for that I’m grateful.

I had the idea of writing a post each week. I’ll try to stick to that… but if i don’t, please bare with me. I’ll write and post as something comes to me…

If that’s cool with you? Not sure why I’m asking permission? ūüėČ

The biggest compliment i got about these sacred spaces is that it’s like “church on the move.”
That has always made me smile.

Who knows one of these SS posts would land in your life at the right time.

One last thought. I’ve felt this for awhile now. Christianity has become a market place. There is always a new book out. The prices of bibles are friggen high.
There is always a new worship album.
Another popular preacher or podcast…
It’s got too noisy!

And even these Sacred Spaces could fall in the same “industry” …

Hence, the idea of “slowing down” in a sense. Not filling your feeds with clutter.

Words are powerful. But we must use them wisely. Less is (still) more.

Yours in finding sacred spaces,

Darrel.

PS. The God behind the market place of Christianity loves you. I hope that truth resonates deep within your soul. May it stir a warmth within you. Take heart friends.

Sacred Spaces 518 – Simplify

(Maybe this seems to be a requiring theme in my life for a reason. Maybe yours too?)

Less noise
Less things
Less Facebook status updates
Less phone apps
Less clutter
Less social media
Less gadgets
Less running from one appointment to another
Less online presence

More quality time with loved ones
More present
More reading
More perspective
More peace
More quiet
More focus on things that matter

This sign I saw two weeks back brought me to a halt.
Don’t clutter your soul with unnecessary things.

I couldn’t find a scripture at the time of writing this that links…but it doesn’t matter.

Please join me in Simplifying…

Sacred Spaces 517 – On wings…

The other day riding back from the shops I captured this shot:

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On seeing this awesome bird of prey, I thought of:

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Perhaps, someone needs to take heart from that message? Your strength can be renewed!

Then again, (this is a recurring theme in my life), do you not ever think: “We, get to share this planet, with such beautiful things like this bird!”

That draws me back, fills me with excitement and wonder. I have the privilege of living on God’s earth. And He places me in a garden teeming with life.

These sightings. Are reminders. We are not alone here on planet earth. And we need to tend the garden around us.  We need to open our eyes.  See God is near.

Just another in paradise…

…Yet, the residents (people) still keep hurting each other…) – Now that’s another post…

Sacred Spaces 516 – Mountain Reminders

We are blessed to see a mountain (The Hottentots Holland mountains, to be precise) every day here:

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This mountain reminds me to meet with God.
Like Moses did. He met God on a mountain.
Exodus 19 reminds us of that.  Once he met with God, he was changed:

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”¬†(Exodus 34: 29)

This mountain reminder reminds me to meet with God.
How about you?
What “reminders” do you have in your life to remind you to connect with God?

And when we connect with Him. We’ll be changed… that’s the invitation.

(NEW APPROACH TO SACRED SPACES: With my love for Instagram – I am going to combine the two together. The “collaboration” of WordPress and Instagram. I like to capture “pics” that help me capture a moment or a lesson or a thought. So when I get that ‘shot’ I will share it with a brief SS post.)