March 28, 2020

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3.1-6

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

The place you are standing is holy ground. Where is your holy ground? Where do you feel closest to the Divine? The image of Moses removing his sandals is captivating. It’s a reminder that it’s easy to necessarily track the muck of the world into our holy places. Maybe your journaling space has become holy ground for you. What do you need to leave behind in order to better enter into this time? There is also the sense that removing your sandals makes you more vulnerable, open to what the Holy might have to offer you. What might “removing your sandals” open you up to as you journal today? Did you have shield yourself from something that would have otherwise hurt a little too much today? Finally, Moses is reminded that the one he is opening himself up to is the God of his ancestors. Who are your “faith ancestors” that you look up to? Who might you think about as you close today, and what encouragement would they have for you? Blessings and peace on your Sunday Sabbath.

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