The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Transition times

Use these moments to be present to God and prepare for what's next

We go through three entrances and use three sets of keys to get into our home. First, we open the entrance to our building and walk into a lobby. Before the elevator will go up, we have to unlock the call button for our floor. Upstairs, we pass through a hallway and use another key to open our apartment door. When we go out, we transit the same doors but use fewer keys — the elevator and the street door lock behind us.

We move from place to place by going through a series of betweens: between the outside and inside, between the lobby and apartment, between a room and the exit. Rarely can we go anywhere without going through a transition space — or time. In the Christian monastic tradition, the practice of statio acknowledges the importance of times between times.

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