The Rev. Dena McPhetres.
One of the most important things we do as a religious community is create sacred time and space together to consider all that is our lives and find meaning and purpose amidst the challenges we face in the world. When we are not in our building, we can still create sacred time and space at home. Some of our church families have created a home altar. Maybe you’d like to, also. The Soul Matters team says the purpose of a home altar is “to create a space that helps one stay connected to what is sacred and nourishing.” Who doesn’t need that in these challenging times?
How do we create a sacred space at home? First, find a small table, corner or shelf—maybe the top of your dresser or a section of your dining table. Then, find things to put there that are special to you and invite all the senses. A lovely cloth to look at indicates to our eyes that this spot is special. Perhaps a small stone or seasonal item from nature that we can touch. Maybe a favorite oil or herb that smells good. A small bell or chime ready to be sounded to mark the nourishing time we spend there.
Early November holds holidays that help people remember the loved ones they lost and hold us as we grieve and celebrate their lives. Samhain, Mexican Dia de los Muertos, and All Soul’s Day fall near on the calendar.
We are all carrying so much. Making sacred time and space at home can help us bear it.