Our studio has just completed a Noah’s ark stole design. This has caused me to ponder “the ark” and what it meant to Noah, his family and the animals. The ark was a sanctuary.

What is a sanctuary? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as a place of safety or refuge. In medieval law, a sanctuary was a place of religious right of asylum for felons on the run from the law. In churches the word sancutary defines an architectural space but varies in tradition from the elevated place where the altar stands in the chancel, and where the ordanined servant of the congregation leads the worship to a more general reference to the place where worship services are held.

Noah was faithful to God. May we also be faithful to God in our contemporary sanctuaries by speaking, singing, dancing, and creating the visual connections that are responses and celebrations of the Word.