I like the liturgical calendar. I think the idea of a year-round pattern for worship used by believers throughout the world is cool. And, just to be more childlike about it, I like the colors. For years now I’ve had this thought that I’d like to create a space in my home for worship and prayer. I’d like to use those liturgical colors to remind myself of what season we are in. I’ve read a few things lately, too, about prayer candles and prayer boxes. Those sound like good items to include in this “home worship space,” or “sacred space” within my home.
I was thinking I could set up a space with something that is the liturgical season color, a simple candle, and a box for prayers. I read something lately written by a woman who lights a candle to help her remember each time she passes by it whatever special thing she is praying for that day. It might be a sick friend, it might be a prayer of thanks, a need or request. I like the idea of using the candle as a reminder for prayer in that way.
The prayer box is another thing I’ve read different people talk about. People put physical renditions of their prayers into the box, such as scraps of paper with the prayers written on them. Some have themes of prayers they put into the box – just their prayers of thanks, for example. I like the intentionality of writing down my prayers and keeping them somewhere. I wonder what method works well. Do you take the written prayers out periodically and re-read them? Do you clear them out as prayer is answered, or after a certain time?
I haven’t figured out the practicalities of making a sacred space happen in my home. Have any of you? At our church we have simple banners and table covers for the liturgical colors. Should I make a shelf and make a covering for the different colors? Should I use my coffee table? I have a new, beautiful, handmade wood table in the hallway. Would that be a good surface to use? Maybe my fireplace mantel? Should I set this space up in my bedroom, or a more public area?
My fireplace is in our family room, where we spend the most time so maybe that’s the best place. Or maybe not – maybe by being somewhere I see it all the time, it’d become so familiar I’d stop seeing it. But in the hallway I might not pass it very often. And in my bedroom I’d only see it in the morning and at night. And the coffee table gets used often when we have people over.
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a sacred space? Or a prayer candle or prayer box? How do you use it? What have you found to be the best methods for making your sacred space and time meaningful?