August 2

Reflection

When you come into contact with the Holy, there can be no barrier between you and the earth on which you stand, the earth which God created and called good, holy. We must take off our shoes for it is only here that we can encounter God. There can be nothing between us and God if we are to be intimate with God as all creation is. All ground is the ground God made, and all ground is holy to God. God calls us to take the holy and expand it into our own lives, into the life of our homes, and into the life of our community and world. The barriers we have erected between ourselves and the holy are artificial. We encounter and experience God’s presence everywhere.

Prayer

The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the earth is God’s handiwork.
Psalm 19:1

Action

What barriers have we erected between God and ourselves? Do we have obsolete concepts that separate us from God?

Suggested Readings

Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground
Exodus 3:5

Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.
Christina Rossetti

Nothing is insignificant, and everything worthy of respect and care. Nothing is second-class. What God has made is of value.
Paula D’Arcy

The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
Edward Hays

Whenever you handle any equipment or any person, be reverent. Be full of care with everything entrusted to you. Everything you touch or see, everyone for whom you have responsibility, is to be viewed as something cherished by God, and thus to be cherished by you.
Norvene Vest

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