My mother’s life is slowly fading in a Tennessee hospital room. Making the long trip from Anchorage to see her one last time, I found myself in the Atlanta airport Saturday night. Feeling blue while trudging through the masses of pre-holiday travelers, an unexpected spiritual oasis appeared before me as I was hiking to the next terminal for my last flight.
The oasis was an Interfaith Chapel, prominently located at a major terminal crossroad.[img_assist|nid=154680|title=Interfaith Chapel – Atlanta International Airport|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=161]
Overwhelmed by curiosity, and drawn by the promise of spiritual refreshing, I dropped into this tiny house of God. I was very surprised by what I found. Simply furnished, this small chapel offered comfortable seating for twelve, restful lighting, and was amazingly quiet.[img_assist|nid=154681|title=Small Seating – Large on Spiritual Value|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=263]
Entering the chapel I was drawn to tiered shelving offering choices of Muslim prayer rugs and Koran’s, Jewish prayer shawls and Torah’s, and Christian Bibles, plus a camouflage Bible for servicemen.[img_assist|nid=154682|title=Rugs & Korans, Shawls & Torahs, and Bibles for Use|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=467]
A generic picture at the front of the chapel set a religious tone without favoring one faith over another. Presumably the table under the picture could be used for communion, or any other ceremony.[img_assist|nid=154683|title=Generic Picture and Table at Front of Chapel|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=467]
The Atlanta Airport Authority is to be commended for providing this spiritual oasis for people of all faiths who transit through this and any other concourse offering this accommodation at ATL. I intend to look more closely for other similar airport facilities in the future. While not the typical venue for one of my church visits, this small chapel provided me with a much needed spiritual refreshing. I wonder if such a chapel exists at Anchorage International Airport? Time for investigation when I return from this joyless trip. If they don’t have one, it may provide a suitable project for Anchorage churches.