Saturday, February 18, 2006

Words I love

Thinking about the word "benison" I used in my post a couple of days ago makes me think of other words I love. Here's another one:
SANCTUARY The word has 2 meanings, a Holy place (like the sanctuary in a church, and of course "sanctus" holy is where the word comes from) and also a place of safety. Somehow I mentally combine the 2, and to me the word sanctuary means a holy place of refuge, a place where one can encounter the healing love of God. And of course, that can be anywhere, and some of the most blessed sanctuaries are internal, not external. A sanctuary can be a beautiful sunset, a kind word from a friend, a snuggly bed when a storm is howling.

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