The divide between secular and sacred in our western culture has a long history that most likely started with the Greeks. I mean a long time ago like when Jesus was on the earth. Before that the Hebrew people had a more integrated way of understanding all of life having its beginnings from God or all of creation being bathed in the sacred. For me, there is tension between the two schools of thought in my everyday perspective. Sometimes I find myself grounded in the dualism of sacred vs secular and other days I can see God’s handy work all around me.
Repurposing, recycling, reclaiming, salvaging, restoring are all important concepts to life and the things we have. To see a person in a new light or worn-out objects as valuable for a new use are important. Thankfully, God does not get tired of us, because, every day, we are made to be a new creation. We are given new life and we are repurposed.
I give thanks for the creative mind and resourceful nature of people here at CtK. Jane Wyngaard is one of those people who observed the renovation of the church in 2018 before she retired as our Housekeeper in 2020. She used some of the displaced chairs that were in the back of the church to create a new lounge area for fellowship near the new coffee bar. She also saw that we replaced some wood doors. She could imagine the beauty of God’s created trees, made into doors, could be repurposed and made into coffee tables. Fantastic! Who could do that?
She pitched her idea to Landon Wiese and his mind started to turn with ideas along with another woodworking friend Ron. Together, they made two “new,” gorgeous, sturdy coffee tables!
I look forward to the day when we can be back in person to be renewed in our gathering, fellowship, worship, and to fully use these new tables. In time, God has a way of bringing out the good in everything and everyone, again and again. May we be patient and see how God is blessing and making all creation new.
Be well, be safe and God Bless,