To be on holy ground involves being willing to walk courageously in the path of justice and stand firmly in places of rejection and exclusion. To be on holy ground is to sit in solidarity with those who are suffering and say, “You are not alone. God is here. So am I.” To act with compassion is a sacred trust. This is holy ground, held close in the heart of God’s love for the world.
Holy is the ground beneath our feet, whether it feels solid or shifting beneath us. Holy is the ground beneath our feet, even in those places where, instead of taking off our sandals, our call is to lace up our work boots and venture into risky, broken, and difficult places. To notice the holy in the everyday is to recognize Christ in the eyes of our neighbor. Then our interactions with others become sacred acts of hospitality and service. Put on your shoes, step out in trust, courage, and boldness. The place where you are standing is holy ground.
This message is excerpted from “The holy ordinary” by Julie A. Kanarr in the April 2017 Gather magazine.
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