Entering The Sacred Space

"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (1)

Cloister Of The Heart

Within the cloister of my heart,
There is a precious inner space:
From death and sin, it's kept apart --
Preserved and sanctified by grace.

Within this cloister dwells my soul;
The Master's dwelling place on earth:
He holds me close; He's in control --
Preparing me for full rebirth.

Within this cloister, I repose,
From turbulence of time and space:
Th'Eternal Now is what I've chose --
Through prayer I reach His dwelling place.

He calls us from our busy life,
To meet Him in this sacred space:
Sin falls away, as does all strife,
When we feed from His font of grace.

Enter your cloister! Go, by grace!
Bide with the Bridegroom in His space.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

(1) Matthew 6:5-6