Place

By David Brock, presiding evangelist

Fulfill the purposes of the Temple by making its ministries manifest in your hearts… Let it stand as a towering symbol of a people…who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b

I am surprised with joy in the oddest places, impelled to take off my shoes or kneel in the most unlikely of spaces.

Like you, I’ve learned the holy One is not bound by geography or architecture. Harsh deserts work, as do forested mountains. God may well meet us as we step across black water running through a narrow walkway between plastic and cardboard hovels in a sprawling city slum.

Sacrament can happen while washing clothes along a crowded river. Divinity may overwhelm us as we watch a slant of late-
afternoon light make its way across the floor in a hospital room where our loved one is slowly dying. There’s no predicting where God might break through the ordinary in our lives.

Yet, we have a need to create spaces of beauty, to use our own hands to build structures that evoke a sense of wonder. Maybe “the highest calling of the architect,” says Alain Botton, “is to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.… Early Christianity and Islam…proposed that beautiful buildings had the power to improve us morally and spiritually. They believed that rather than corrupting us…exquisite surroundings could edge us toward perfection…could reinforce our resolve to be good” (Velma Ruch, Summoned to Pilgrimage).

At times, we might learn more about humility by walking through the shadow of the cross in the Worshiper’s Path of the Temple and more about the nature of kindness in a stained-glass window than in a holy book.

So, we have responded to the call to build the Temple; a place that breathes to life those intuitions that affirm there is above all a Divinity “in whom we live, and move, and have our being” (E.A. Sovik). The shape of this building becomes a representation of the pilgrim’s journey.

This is a road by which the human soul searches for the center and proceeds along the way from chaos to cosmos, from brokenness and confusion to that still point where true life is to be found (Ruch).

Prayer for Peace:

Holy One, may the emerging ministries of the Temple be manifest in us.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Read Psalm 139:13–18. Let the deep meaning of the words sink into you. Be aware of the sacred worth of all persons. How does God invite you to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s people today?

Peace Covenant:

I will hear the call of the sacred places and find you there, holy One.

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  1. So beautifully written David……….Thank You

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