As I mentioned in previous posts, we recently painted our great room. I have been slowly re-hanging all our wall-hangings. I have begun to re-distribute some icons around the house. This is pleasing to have heavenly windows throughout the house. Last night, I re-organized and re-hung our icons, which serve as our prayer corner. Our prayer corner is really an easterly facing wall. I like this location of the prayer corner, because it is the first thing people will see when they come into our home sending a clear message of our beliefs and it faces our open kitchen where we spend a lot of time, can easily view the wall and remember our connection to God.
I asked my husband to assist me in putting this area back together, but he was also running interference with the children. I hung the icons as I did the previous time. I added a couple of new icons and moved some others. When I was finished my husband came into the room and said, "Why are all our icons lined up like little soldiers?"
I chuckled and asked him if he wanted me to change it. He said, no and said he just thought it looked strange. I told him that this is how I had done it before just with different icons. I put them this way, because they are all at eye-level of the average adult hobbit. Plus it does look nice and orderly, and what is God if not Ultimate Order.
Eventually, when money grows on trees, I would like to add some nice chest or hutch, where we could store both religious books and music as well as have a place to set up incense and candles. This area is not child-friendly for candles and incense as is. I would also like to add two nice reading chairs so that one could easily sit and read the Holy Word of God or other spiritual type reading.
How you arrange the space in your home and the things you hang on your wall speak volumes not only about want is important to you but also who you want to become. If you don't have a suitable place to pray, you will not. I truly appreciate the Eastern theology of icons and am grateful to have these treasures in our home.