I was waiting for the light to change, when I glanced over and saw the sign. It was right in front of one of those churches on Mt. Auburn Street that’s been converted into condo’s. “Your Home. Your Sanctuary.”
Truly a sign of the times, IMHO. Sanctuary used to be where *we* gathered to be reminded of our common peace, our common strength, to be healed and encouraged by one another’s presence, to raise our voices in four-part harmony or brew a pot of tea to share. These days, sanctuary seems to be more about getting away from one another, finding solace in front of a ginormous flat-screen TV, escaping any obligation to our neighbor.
I have nothing against people moving into condos that have been carved out of old churches. I bet it’s a beautiful space. I wish them all the best. But this sign leaves me wondering what they and you think about “sanctuary.” Where do you find it in Watertown? Are there ways we can offer it to one another, or create it together?