“Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground”
In this story, Moses was encountering the Holy One of Israel. When we come into contact with the Holy, there is no barrier between us and the earth on which we stand, the earth which the Creator called good, holy. We must take off our shoes for it is here that we encounter God. If we are to join all creation in intimacy with the divine, there can be nothing between us. Earth is God’s creation and all ground is holy. God calls us to take the holy and expand it into our own lives, into the life in our homes, and into the life of our community and world. The barriers we have erected between ourselves and the holiness of creation are artificial. We must encounter and reverence God’s presence everywhere.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the earth is God’s handiwork.
What barriers have we erected between God and ourselves? Do we have obsolete concepts that separate us from God? Do we respect creation as a revelation of God?
O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? …Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.
Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.
Nothing is insignificant, and everything worthy of respect and care. Nothing is second-class. What God has made is of value.
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.
Let everything you touch be treated as if it were as precious as the altar vessels. 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.
There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.
Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush is aflame with God
But only those who see, take off their shoes
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.
Do you remember Moses at the burning bush? God had to tell him to take off his shoes–he didn’t know he was on holy ground. And if we can just come to see that right where we are is holy ground–in our jobs and homes, with our co-workers and friends and families. This is where we learn to pray.