Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Where Is Your Hush Harbor??
Do you have a hush harbor? A place where you can retreat to, to be alone with your thoughts, to pray, to dream, to just be? I had never heard this expression "hush harbor" until our Bible study lesson today which centered around "hope" from the book "With" by Skye Jethani. I have mentioned this study in earlier posts, the best study, only in my humble opinion ofcourse, so far. It has made me stop dead in my tracks and really examine my relationship with God. Each chapter has revealed a new insight in my constant spiritual growth.
Hope was all the American slaves knew, they knew that God was with them in their suffering. Many slaves attended church with their white masters, but any expressions of hope or prayer for freedom was strictly forbidden, "all the preacher talked about was for us slaves to obey our masters and not to lie and steal" a quote from the book "Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South". But that hope and desire to have a relationship with God was too strong for the slaves to constantly suppress. Thus the beginnings of "hush harbors" places where the slaves could openly express their love of God and their hopes & prayers of one day becoming free from slavery They would huddle together in hushed tones worshiping & singing and forget all their sufferings during those moments.
Today we do not have to find a safe place to worship or to dream or to hope, but I think we all need a hush harbor, a place to pray, a place to be alone with our thoughts and our dreams, a place to just be. Depending on the time of the year, I have 2 hush harbors, if it is warm my back porch chair and if it is cold, a chair in the living room. Now I have many chairs on the back porch, and also in the living room, but I have specific chairs in both places that are my hush harbors. Do you have a hush harbor? I bet you do, you just have never given it a name. For my hush harbors I am grateful.
Today is my little girl's birthday. Somedays I wish she was still a little girl and my life was what it was then, poorer than dirt, but happy as a kid in a candy store. Happy Birthday, Lisa....Mommy loves you.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~ William Arthur Ward
Until next time....