Very Wordy Wednesday: Welcome

These light fixtures on one of the side doors of the church do not normally stand out to me, but on our snow day Saturday even unlit they signaled "welcome" to any who walked by.

Whenever the church is open, we place a sign on the sidewalk outside this door that says "come in, say a prayer, light a candle." And people do.

Sometimes I come into the church to get something or maybe to sit and say a prayer myself, and occasionally there's someone sitting there alone, praying. I don't always know who the person is. But it means a lot to us that we offer a quiet and beautiful space in this otherwise kind of chaotic, crazy world we live in, a place for people to come and sit and be quiet in the presence of God or beauty or stillness or whatever they are looking for.

To all we say, Welcome.