The word Station comes from the Latin word that means “to stand.” Therefore, my basic, overall meaning of Sacred Stations is to stand in holy places.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalms 24: 3)
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)… (Matthew 24: 15)
How do you stand in holy places…and BE NOT MOVED when your environment is anything BUT Sacred?
A holy place is not always a location. It’s about YOU… It’s a state of being.
“… In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen…In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way an honorable way in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, “The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.” (Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”)
Holy place: (where Light and the Spirit can safely dwell in abundance) = You
The point is to diligently avoid putting yourself into situations where it would be difficult to feel the Spirit. Choose places where Light abounds, but if you have no choice… ask God to shield you so that you can BE THE BEACON that brings the Light in!!!
Things are going to get hard. Things are happening with our economy…there are wars/rumors of wars and secret combinations within governments and disease and abuse and pornography and…need I go on? All kinds of horrible, evil crap. We don’t know when the cup of wrath of the Lord’s indignation will be full; when He will say, “Enough,” and bring about the final reaping of the Earth.
I used to be in a place of “gloom and doom” with respect to all the changes in our world but I choose not to go there anymore.
I’ve realized that it really doesn’t matter, as long as I choose to stand for – and with – Christ. We may not always be able to avoid walking into darkness, but we can choose to hold His Light. And if I’m holding that, I am NOT going to be in a mindset of gloom and doom.