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Out of Empty Tombs

30 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Out of Empty Tombs
Out of Empty Tombs

“Leave yourself alone.  Enter solitude.  Be silent.  Do your good deeds in secret.  Make dead space into holy ground. You will become less, it’s true.  But you will also become more: you will discover your true self and meet more often, lose less often, the Lord of the holy wild.  For out of empty tombs and dead spaces comes the living Christ.  Be still and know that He is God.” – Mark Buchanan

“For out of empty tombs and dead spaces comes the living Christ”.   How encouraging is that?  I know that many days, I feel like an empty tomb.  I feel as if I’m filled with dead space.  I feel as if I don’t have one more good thing to give, to say, to do, left within me.

Those are the days that I know I am trying to do it on my own.  I’m not consciously tuning God out, but I’m also not being intentional about sitting with Him, about getting myself out of the way.  When I try to be present with God, I am so much more aware of Him being the One who works in and through me and that what I am able to do is because of Him.  It is in Him that I live and move and have my being.


Today, take a moment to ask yourself, “Do I feel like an empty tomb?  Do feel like you are hollow inside…filled with only dead space?”

Remind yourself that the Creator of the universe, the One who made the foundations of the earth, who crafted the mountains and carved out the seas has chosen to dwell within you.  And that makes you a bearer of Christ.  Move and live and have your being this day resting in that knowledge.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” – Eph. 3:14-19

Grace and peace,


Deb Turnow
Executive Director at Kavanna House
Deb Turnow is the Executive Director of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, Pa. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Spiritual Direction at Living Word Community Church in York. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from York College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. She is also a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute. She is currently studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a certified spiritual director and also provides supervision for spiritual directors. She and her husband Jeff, live in York, PA.