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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: NO PRAYER ZONE
By Tim Manzer
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At one time the church sanctuary was always open during the day. Anyone could stop by at anytime and sit in the huge empty room. They could pray, weep, read or just sit there and absorb the quiet. I recall that after the 911 attacks on our land, the church sanctuary filled with individuals who where drawn together to pray and weep. I saw an unknown Fed-X driver come to the church to stop and weep with others. She said she was just driving by and felt the need to stop. Strangers were holding hands, weeping and seeking the face of God on that painful day.
If you lost your dog the church was a quiet place to go and grieve. If you just received news of an unusual spot on your lungs, you had a place to go and weep before God. Everyone was invited; there was no starting time and no closing time. Most likely you would be alone but God could also have a divine rendezvous waiting for you in those church walls.
I understood the reason for the closing of the open sanctuary time. Times have changed. People do steal from churches. There is thousands and thousands of dollars of expensive equipment in the sanctuary. Sound equipment and projectors are extremely costly to replace.
Yet, my words seemed harsh as I explained to the gentle old man that I could pray for him in my office however the sanctuary was not available for private divine entreaty.
I guess that the days of private commune with God are reserved for home, office, school lunch room or walk in the woods. It’s not economically prudent to use the church.
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