Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.
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. It is only here that we can encounter God. All ground is the ground God made, and all ground is holy to God. We can 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.
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 old ideas that separate us from God?
God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
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.
Through life, I want to walk gently. I want to treat all of life – the earth and its people – with reverence. I want to remove my shoes in the presence of holy ground. As much as possible, I want to walk in peace.