Home As Sacred Space


-Jen Wise

I love my home. I just do.

I love walking in the door and feeling the warmth and familiarity. I love being in an environment that’s been carefully crafted to suit our family’s needs and lifestyle.  I love the sense of being somewhere safe – somewhere I can fully be and express myself, come as I am. Nothing feels quite like being tucked into my home with people I love. 

There’s more. 

Beyond any sense of comfort and family togetherness, I have a distinct sense that this place is different, set apart.It’s alive in a way that transcends the ordinary. 

Isn’t it true that some places just feel special? Some places hold important memories. Some remind us of loved ones or integral twists in our story. Still, some feel special in the sense of fostering a unique connection with God. 

The concept of sacred space is mostly lost in today’s culture. Our focus is, and should be, on the redemption of all things, all people, all places. Yet in the midst of viewing everything as spiritual we often neglect the reality that some spaces hold value beyond what is normal in our world. 

In his book, Surprised By Hope, NT Wright references the Celtic tradition of "‘thin places,' places where the curtain between heaven and earth seems almost transparent.” He goes on to reference this concept more specifically saying, “there are indeed such things as places sanctified by long usage for prayer and worship, places where, often without being able to explain it, people of all sorts find that prayer is more natural, that God can be known and felt more readily.”*

Cathedrals, Steeples and… Your Living Room
Have you ever thought of your home as having the similar sacred potential as an ancient cathedral or a seasoned worship center? Maybe this seems like a stretch to you, but I really believe that your home can and should be a ‘thinner’ space than the rest of the world. 

As Christians we are called to join in God’s redemptive work: spreading peace, mending relationships, and bringing glory to the Father. If we are actively living this mission then our homes ought to naturally begin to develop a different feel and rhythm than the world around us. 

Yes, there is a difference between the sacredness of a cathedral - consecrated by centuries of worship and prayer - and your home. Still, as you create beauty, serve one another and spend regular, intimate time with God the curtain begins to thin. Your home becomes a place where the process of restoration is a little further along.

When your home is sacred space it offers a place of rest and refreshing – at the soul level. It offers you breathing space – not to get away from the world, but to re-enter it with your lungs filled with fresh air. 

When your home is sacred space it offers a new strength and vibrancy in relationships. Family life is more cohesive and communion with God is at every turn.

When your home is sacred space it offers a glimpse of wholeness, love and peace. Guests will feel cared for beyond their physical needs, getting a taste of a different way to live - a sense that God is in this all. 

And God is in this all. Invite his presence into your home and begin consecrating your space for his glory.

*page 259-260