Thursday, December 8, 2016
Exodus 3: 1 – 6
God said,” Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Thus spoke God to Moses as Moses was tending Jethro's sheep. Moses was amazed to see a bush on fire but not being consumed.
You will have had your own experience of standing on holy ground. The Celts tell of “thin places”... where the boundary of heaven and earth seems to collapse. Perhaps your experience of a thin place has been a holy spot such as Iona or Lindisfarne, or at our own Convent, or during an especially deep time of meditation in your home, or while walking a labyrinth; a time when you knew you were standing on holy ground and the Presence of God was profound.
Come now to the manger, where the shepherds are worshipping the infant Jesus. As Moses listened in awe to the voice of God, so the shepherds were amazed by an angel appearing before them, and of the glory of the Lord shining 'round them. The angel told them that this day a saviour had been born to them. They hurried to the place where the baby lay, knelt and worshipped there, in the presence of The Holy One, truly on holy ground. Let us kneel with them.
“We are standing on Holy Ground,
And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now.
We are standing in His Presence on Holy Ground.”
Lyrics by Geron Davis, 1964
- Carolyn Madeley