This is part of the series How Worship Contributes to Resiliency.
Creating a Feeling of Safety
A combat zone does not feel safe. Trauma survivors may not feel safe wherever they are. Christian worship not only feels familiar, the church itself feels like a safe environment. Logically, I know that the feeling of safety can be an illusion. Churches are the targets of extremist violence in some parts of the world. Disturbed people sometimes become violent even in the most peaceful and stable societies. Still, the church feels safe, at least safer than the world outside. There’s a reason that we call the room where we worship a “sanctuary” and that hospitals provide chapels for the families of the sick and injured. The place of sacred worship is a safe haven.