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What is Holy Ground for You?

Exodus 3:5

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMWhat is holy ground for you? I’ve got a friend who is trying – in his lifetime – to visit all of the Major League ballparks. The endeavor takes him and his son all over the country each summer as they strive to visit all of the parks. It is sort of a holy grail type journey – walking on holy ground – as it were.

What is holy ground for you? Speaking of going to ballparks – I remember the first time I attended a MLB game. Visiting that ballpark – old Griffith Stadium – in DC – as a child with my dad to watch the Washington Senators was exciting. Seeing Frank Howard up close for the first time was eye-opening – because he was so huge! I remember seeing the painted seats in the outfield where Frank’s homers landed. It was hallowed ground if not holy ground.

What is holy ground for you? Some people feel that returning to their alma mater or to their home town is returning to holy ground. I remember a lot of things when I return to the homes of my youth – to any of the parsonages we lived in over the years. Mostly I remember the parsonages at Mt. Zion and at Seat Pleasant (now Gethsemane). Again – I wouldn’t say these are holy ground – but they have a lot of meaning to me. When I return to Annapolis High – or A2C2 – or the University of Maryland – I again have many memories – but not holy ground worthy.

What is holy ground for you? In today’s passage we’re talking about real holy ground. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Exodus 3:1–6 – 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

What is holy ground for you? Obviously – the correct answer would be – any place where we have an encounter with God. Holy ground is any place where we are in the presence of God – which means our Sanctuaries – our devotional spots – our kitchen tables – our prayer closets – our favorite chair – a deer stand – and any place where we encounter Jesus. Holy ground abounds – because God can be anywhere and everywhere.

What is holy ground for you? Think about these places as holy ground – the places where we encounter God. Your cubicle at work – your car as you drive – your bedside when you pray – and any place where you and God have a moment.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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September 19, 2018 - Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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