A sanctuary is a place where you are to feel the divine, the holy and the sacred. It’s also a place of safety. peace and love. Today everyone is trying to find that place where they are free from fear. So many need sanctuary to escape the troubles of the world that is increasingly hard to live in. Wherever that place is for you may it be a source of life and renewal so you can face the challenges of tomorrow or just to get through today.
Being lucky or being blessed is a matter of perspective and personal divinity. It’s interesting to see who gets lucky or blessed with things you wish you had. Envy is not a good look but its a honest emotion. People who seem to get the best, the first, the most make you wonder what did they do to get where they are. God blesses. The universe gives. Luck whether it be gambling or sports or whatever is kind of a mystery and really a chance thing that can be good or bad depending on your situation.
When one goes through some adversity whether it be internal or external you learn things about yourself you didn’t know. The process of self discovery can be difficult but there is much to learn from the experience. I feel like when you go through things your prior experiences where you have been able to learn about how others cope is powerful and helpful for your future. Success and failure are two powerful teachers and the lessons you learn from both are valuable and necessary for personal growth and development.
Amazing things come in fours or a quartet. Barbershop Quartets make great music. So do the Beatles and a bunch of other four-piece bands. Four people usually anchor your news programs at night. I grew up in a family with four people. In “Sex In The City” we saw a quartet of women light up the screen with friendship and a lot of glam. Four basketball teams are left in the college basketball tournament. There is something interesting about the number four or a quartet that makes things just even, just square.
When something is something we are not familiar with it can be foreign to us. Countries not our own are foreign to us. It’s when we open our hearts and minds that things and places that are foreign become things we know. It takes courage to go from foreign to familiar. To known from unknown. Having a open mind and open heart can break down barriers and take you to that place where everything around you is known and even loved.
My friend Rev. Kelvin Sauls tuned me into the Winan family while at Hiwassee College. Their message of change is needed in times like these.