Sometimes we feel that we can get all the answers we need in life by our means. That happened to Clarence Thomas, a United States Supreme Court associate justice. Clarence said he once tried to forget the Lord because he thought he’s wise enough.
Clarence was invited to speak at Michigan’s Hillsdale College during the Christ Chapel’s dedication on October 3. He said, “We have gathered here today, not just to admire this beautiful chapel, we are also here to dedicate it. To appropriately dedicate this chapel, it is worthwhile to reflect on the purposes for which we are here.”
Clarence requested the attendees that they should go to church and pray to God for guidance. He stated, “It provides a sanctuary in which man can withdraw from the chaos of our world and seek a sacred stillness. God comes to us in stillness.”
The judge said that he’s in despair during his 30s. He expressed, “I was in the midst of one of the darkest periods of my life. I felt like I had nowhere to turn.”
Thankfully, Clarence found peace by going to the church and by praying. He felt united with God in the church, and when he prayed.
Clarence said, “Unlike the tumultuous world around me, the church building provided a place of peace, a sanctuary from the turmoils of my life. Within those walls, with God’s help and grace, I was able to elevate my thoughts beyond my circumstances and self-absorption, and set my mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
He added, “God used those times of prayer and meditation to rekindle the flame of faith in my life. I am a changed man today, and God began that transformation in a holy place, a sanctuary.”
Clarence emphasized the importance of attending masses and going to church to pray and thank God for His blessings and faithfulness.
The judge added, “The primary purpose of a chapel is to provide a place where man can enter the presence of God. Chapels provide that sacred space for stillness and an encounter with the Divine. Our deepest needs are met through God, who is near to the brokenhearted, the wretched, and the lonely.”