“Sanctuary, on personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.” ~ Christopher Forrest McDowell
In rural Maryland there are an astonishing number of old churches and chapels. One of the most popular thought masters of our time, Wayne Dyer has advised we slow down our pace in life. “Become more introspective”, he said, “by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes.”
Outside the big city limits of Baltimore, there are wonderful rural country roads to explore. North of the city, remnants of an agrarian and more simpler existence is evidenced in old barns, civil war foundations, stone walls and houses, old churches and chapels. One of my favorite things to do since I returned to this area has been to take time to meander. Evidence of colonial life is everywhere!
I suppose since the history of our five generation family business has included building numerous churches, I have an avid interest in seeing the architecture of different places of worship.
When I see beautiful old churches my thoughts turn back to a period of time of when the spaces served as a gathering places. Their cornerstones remind us that our predecessors hoped the structures would serve as shelters for a place of quiet introspection for many generations.
I find fulfillment in spending time pondering what life in America would be like if we returned to those days where a healthy community life meant everything and it included more active use of churches as meeting houses.