Where you stand is Holy Ground

A few years ago while visiting Cornwall I had the opportunity to spend some time in Truro Cathedral. On display was a marvelous collection of art work. The piece above shows in remarkable color an interpretation of the story from the Old Testament book of Exodus of the encounter between God and Moses. This “burning bush” draws Moses attention and as he approaches God speaks from the bush “Do not come any closer, Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground” This is followed by God’s call to Moses to lead the people out of their captivity in Egypt.

This brings to mind the words from Elizabeth Barrett Browning:-

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries”

Ponder the following- where you stand is holy ground if you have eyes to see. Seeing the beauty and wonder all around you requires you to notice it and see it for all that it is. We hurry on thinking it is important to be busy and in the rush we miss so much.

Van Morrison sings “life is full of wonder, its never far away, it’s right before your eyes every single day…If you wait for mountains then you’re gonna miss a lot” https://www.google.com/search?q=van+morrison+if+we+wait+for+mountains&rlz=1C1GTPM_enUS867US867&oq=van+morrison+if+we+wait+for+mountains&aqs=chrome..69i57j46j0i22i30l2.10014j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Prayer: Lord God help me to see what is right in front of me. Open my eyes to the beauty all around me, open my heart to the hope of new beginnings, open my mind to new understandings, open my soul to embrace your Spirit, O loving God.

Edward Thompson

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