"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."
~ Exodus 3:5
Holiness exists in unexpected moments, as well as, places. This morning as I was busy grabbing my breakfast and cup of coffee to head off to visit my first patient, I was struck by the sunlight pouring in and over our family table. I acknowledged that this space had suddenly become holy to me, and I paused.
We encounter holiness in the smallest of light and in the grandest of cathedrals, but actually holiness begins with us.
When we are caught up, staring at a sunset, or the bloom of a flower. The emergance of boys who were trapped in a cave, to the woman standing on the corner with a sign asking for help, we suddenly find we are in the presence of holiness.
Holiness is our recognition and our response to what we are encountering and how we react.
As I fast forward to now, sitting in a parking lot outside of a care home where I have just sat with a woman who will soon be meeting eternity, I am once again embracing the moment, and declaring it to be holy.
Our relationship with God is met through these moments. For Moses, encountering a bush that seemed to burn without harm to its branches, God cautions him to stop and to remove his shoes because the ground in which he stands is holy.
We too, are holy ground, living instruments of Christ, who seeks to be known. Slowing down, and allowing the holiness of the moment to wash over us, allows for us to acknowledge and recognize this within and around us.
The place where you stand is holy. It is within you.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.