Finding Our Way Home by Building Sanctuaries in Time

Len Delony1In recent weeks many leaders in our church have had important consultations with architects to explore possibilities for significant changes and expansion to our campus. We are so grateful to the people who have helped lead the way in this journey of discernment. There are so many things to consider about what is needed, and what is fitting in this rapidly changing time. Our historic church has deep roots in the community (this October will mark the 87th year since people of faith broke ground to build our landmark church). Over the years, our church has become a key leader in Fort Worth, and throughout the United Methodist Church. (Local leaders turn to our church every day for community support, and we have more representatives involved in leadership in the worldwide “United Methodist General Conference” to be held in Portland this May than just about any other Methodist Church.)

And all this makes it that much more important that we very seriously consider our “architecture of time.”

By that I mean, do we invest enough of our regular time (and money) to consider and build “sanctuaries in time”?  For it is really only when we are willing to let go of the anxious rush of regular time that we are able to trust in each moment as sacred and experience God’s Kairos-time. In this week’s story of “The Prodigal Son,” it is from the view from within this “sanctuary of time” that enables the son to find an honest inner humility to hear God’s invitations and calling to come home.

Clocks daliDo we let our deeper Kairos-time awareness just melt away in our busyness and even disappear?

Last week I wrote about the challenge of having enough of the right kind of time to hear and accept God’s invitation. So often our souls desperately need sanctuary from the busyness of our culture. How can we experience the Kairos of God’s banquet when we don’t have time to really notice the invitation? I mentioned Ruth Haley Barton last week and her own personal struggles with time . . . which led to her writing a book introducing a broad range of spiritual practices entitled “Sabbath Rhythms.”

How about you? Is God able to get your attention? How are you mindful of your own daily rhythms? Do you, wherever you are, find yourself entering God’s “sanctuary of time” on a regular basis? Are you able to feel your soul “catch up” with you as you become more intentional about Sabbath and sacred rhythms?

How could our church, along with consultations with architects for a building project, seriously consider consulting “architects of time” so we are more aware of God’s presence throughout each day?

How can we become better at listening to and discerning God’s sacred invitations . . . and respond with a deeply grateful and resounding “YES!”?

Blessings on your journey.

Len

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