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My sacred space

MysacredspaceMy life is chaotic.
Home life is crazy—children, toys, tubby–time (that would be the bath), dinner, calendars, dishes, and vacuuming. Not to mention the “other” work—meetings, deadlines, calendars, working with the team, and office politics.

Can you relate?
With all of that going on, I often wonder, when is there time for a quiet moment with God? We’re told that we need it, but for me, it’s been difficult to find. However, I may have stumbled on a sacred space where I’m assured to have some downtime—in my car.

Let me explain.
I’m a commuter. Traveling from home to work can take 45 minutes to slightly more than an hour, depending on traffic. So instead of spending that time listening to Adele’s “Hello” on the radio for the 100th time, I’ve been using the time instead to connect with God.

Connection can happen in different forms.

Sometimes connection happens as I pray in the silence. Amid all of life’s noises and distractions, I’ve found that I can take time in my car to enjoy the quiet. If you try this, please keep your eyes on the road.

I turn off my radio and my cell phone. Then I thank God for who He is and for what He’s done. I ask Him to lead me throughout the day. Or I simply take an opportunity to repeat a breath prayer, such as, “O Lord, show me Your way.” Another strategy that works for me is the Jesus prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This manner of quiet reflection has been a great way for me to spend time with God.

Other times, I find that a podcast (a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading) is spiritually beneficial.

There are times when I want to hear a good sermon. Tons of churches have recorded them. Tim Keller’s sermons are recorded. You can also follow most large churches, such as Willow Creek Community Church or Imago Dei Community church. The Salvation Army has its share of sermon podcasts. For instance, the Staten Island, N.Y., Corps podcast with Lieutenant Stephen Mayes.

I also enjoy a podcast called Pray–As–You–Go, which is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives. It’s a 15–minute podcast set to music that leads you through Scripture, prayer, and reflection.

Other great podcasts include stories or interviews or Bible reading plans. All are ways in which God can speak to you.

If you’re like me and find it hard to carve out time to spend in God’s presence, maybe your commute can be the place where God meets with you. Or plan to enjoy His presence while on a walk, while you workout, or while sitting on the couch, if that’s your speed.

If you desire to create a sacred space in your car, do it wisely!

Safe travels and God’s blessings!

by Matt Hodgson

Podcast_logoCreate Your Sacred Space


Podcasts to drive by:
find these on

  • Teachings from The Salvation Army on Staten Island in NYC
    by Lieutenant Stephen Mayes
  • Pray–As–You–Go
    Jesuit Media Initiatives

and this one at


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