“Sanctuary… is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea.”
My family knows that I’ve always wanted to live in a renovated old church house. I think it’s because I love the idea of my home being a literal sanctuary. (Anybody else remember in your old world history lessons learning about how one could enter a church and claim sanctuary? Back in the day if you did this you were safe…safe from the world…no matter what…and nothing or nobody could hurt you as long as you were inside…)
It wasn’t in the far distant past that it finally dawned on me that my home can be the sanctuary I’ve always wanted…apart from the world…where my kids are safe no matter what…a place of peace, and love and worship…a sanctuary…even if it’s physical location is in my cookie cutter suburban home and not a renovated church.
Recently I was reading an article about the “soulcraft of creating and sustaining safe havens”. The point that the author was trying to make was that we should be turning our homes into havens to shelter ourselves and our families from the hectic world we live in—in other words, creating my idea of sanctuary.
I think that all of our ideas of what a sanctuary looks like is probably different. But I think that we could all agree that we want our home to be a safe place from the world where all who live there feel loved and wanted.
The older my kids get the more important I believe a sanctuary is and the harder my husband and I try to create one. It’s not always easy…life happens, needs change, money is tight, problems arise…but (and I am going to end this post where I started…with Lemony Snicket) hopefully we can be the
“sort of people who know that there’s always something. Something to invent, something to read, something to bite, and something to do, to make a sanctuary, no matter how small.”
Here’s to creating sanctuaries.
***Note: I’m still working this week on Facet 4 in “The Art of Homemaking” .
I want to concentrate one more week on the “Do it. Do it right. Do it right now.” idea becoming a habit instead of just a great quote. I know that this will take longer than a week to sink in but I just want one more week to focus on it.
Thank you to everyone who left comments telling me about their positive homemaking habits—you ladies are awesome…and if you have anymore I’d love hearing about them. And as for next week we’ll be moving on in the chapter to a section called “Let each room fulfill it’s function” so be prepared.