Any of us who attend church know there is a sacred reverence for a chapel or other rooms where worship services take place. There are many valid reasons for this reverence and as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to a deeper understanding of why that is so.
As a child we were hushed or “shushed” into reverent silence. As we grow older we recognize that quiet reverence helps us hear the still promptings whispered by the Holy Spirit to our own spirit. This sacred communication can be as strong and as significant, yes, even more profound, than the other five senses of taste, touch, smell, hearing or even sight.
Sitting in our chapel recently the thought came to mind of what happens in these special places. Think about this just for a moment. In this room where we attend weekly sacrament services as a family is also a place where hearts are converted to Jesus Christ. A spirit of repentance, forgiveness, of renewed commitment to live according to sacred covenants, answers to prayers and sacred insights and truths are quietly given. Here grieving hearts are expressed and gently healed.
In this same room gospel talks are shared, children sing, choirs proclaim and Easter and Christmas services are held. Sacred counsels, meetings of church leaders and special events gather. It is also in this chapel where funerals are conducted, most recently for a young, single mother who suffered an asthma attack and passed away on the way to the hospital.
This chapel was the same room where my first wife’s funeral was held … and the thoughts of that day and the feelings of my heavy heart come so easily to my mind upon reflection. This is where we attended church weekly for almost 10 years together as a family before her funeral services. Today I attend services in this same room with my new wife, little baby, our children from my first marriage and the joy of a new baby coming in a few months.
Yes, this room is sacred for many reasons. The next time you enter in to such a room I encourage you to pause and reflect, just for a moment, what sacred reverence can mean for all who are there.