To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". The adjective form hallowed, as used in The Lord's Prayer, means holy, consecrated, sacred, or revered.
Hallowed be Thy name.
How much room do I make for that which is holy and sacred? I asked myself one sunny and cool day. After six months of winter, this question crept up on me with the subtlety and long awaited appearance of spring. I was longing to feel a deeper purity and purpose.
What is sacred?
It must be a confident, unflappable knowing of God's omnipotence; a reverent acknowledgement of the power of Truth, or purity. I can feel this walking in our Northwoods or through our second neighborhood's city streets.
I am thinking of those in extreme situations whose calmness and confidence led them through severe challenges. I am thinking of those who, in comfortable material surroundings, struggle with silent, unseen fears, and emerge victorious.
What is behind this triumph? It is knowing one's inseparability with what is sacred, with the One, adored and adorable. This feeds the soul with a sacred trust that all is well. It comes from a deep reverence and understanding of the power of God. The only real and substantial thing going on is Truth and its activity.
Holy is the very nature of God - of Truth, of Life and of Love. This is what we are drawn to and connect with. This is what fills us with purity and purpose.
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016