Karen and I presided over a memorial service at the National Cemetery today. It’s a hallowed place. Currently, there are about 25,000 interned at this 295 acre cemetery. (Arlington is the largest cemetery in the US with more than 3 million graves – this information probably needs to be fact checked though. You just never know do you?) The phrase “holy ground” got stuck in head and heart.  I discovered “holy ground” is found only twice in the Bible, once in the Old Testament and once in the New. God first identified the area in which He met with Moses on Mount Horeb (Sinai) as holy ground. It was there God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand he let the people go from bondage to Egypt. Remember at the moment Moses came upon the burning bush out of which God spoke to him, God gave him two commands: don’t come near and take off your sandals. Both commands were to impress upon Moses that he was standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5). Joshua 5:15 describes a similar incident, but the phrase “holy ground” is not used. It was not the actual ground on which Moses stood that was holy; rather, it was the presence of God that made it holy. In the New Testament, the event described in Exodus is reiterated by Stephen as he was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ before the Sanhedrin. He recounted the history of the Jews and their dealings with the God of their forefathers. Stephen reminded them of the incident of the holy ground on which Moses stood and spoke to God. The holy ground was rendered sacred by the presence of God.  I found myself in my thinking chair remembering those holy places and moments and I invite you to do the same.

Scripture Reading: Matthew Exodus 3:5
“Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Reflection Questions:
Where is “Holy Ground” for you?
What makes it holy?
How have you experienced God in the pandemic?

Prayer: Holy God, render your presence into a moment within this day and let me stand with you. Move me to be more insightful of those around me who are in need. Amen