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Many of us may be familiar with the song “Sanctuary” (Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy…); many of us may not be.  However, I find myself wondering what it means to be a sanctuary.

The familiar cry of “Sanctuary” is a common call for help and hiding, especially in movies…well, older ones or those that feature a medieval/Renaissance setting.

According to dictionary.com:

noun, plural sanctuaries.

a sacred or holy place.


  1. the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
  2. the holy of holies of these places of worship.
an especially holy place in a temple or church.
the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
immunity afforded by refuge in such a place.
any place of refuge; asylum.

But, what does that mean for us?  Certainly, God isn’t calling us to hide him or be a place of refuge for Him.  Is He?

Instead, I think it is meant to be an urging to us to become holy.  For us to become places of refuge for others to run.  We are to be places of peace.  Where others can turn in times of need.

If we have built ourselves upon a rock, we will stand firm against the tempests of this life and people will see that.  They may ask us how we persevere, they may just come to us to unburden themselves or they may not.  However, I believe it is important for us to be open, honest, caring, and sincere.

False facades and counterfeit concern fool no one.  The Lord calls us to greater purpose.  It may be a burden at times, but, perhaps, it is a glorious one.  We are to be places of hope and safety.  We are not those who tear down, we build up.  We are respectful and kind, not rude and conceited.

It is a difficult path set before us, to be sure.  But, ultimately, we only need to answer to one person.  And He wants to know if we carry the Church with us wherever we go.