No hands, no feet on earth but yours.” -St. Teresa of Avila
An altar is a place where we recognize the presence of God and mark that place with an outpouring of life. The altar in the sanctuary of Christ Church, Bowling Green, KY, is a place where words and wood, food and drink, life and love are poured out for the life of the world. Outside the sanctuary, I think everybody needs at least one altar; I have three.
The first is my desk (actually my laptop computer), where I muse, wordsmith and converse out loud with Jesus, sometimes for myself and sometime for others to overhear. The second is my cutting board, where I feed and feast with family and friends. My third altar is my workbench (actually, my whole garage) where I try to turn my woodworking mistakes into "design elements."
God is a hands-on artisan, and we who are created in God's image practice an "artisanal" faith.