Thursday, January 16, 2014

Holy Ground

The twenty-five year memory is as clear as if it were one of the 4x6 pictures I see on my fridge every day.

She was one of my BFFs (best friend forever)—I thought. But something came between us—funny, I don’t remember what. I do remember laying face-down on our king sized bed sobbing.

Forgiveness and reconciliation were needed, given, and received. BFF intact.

Last week another friendship challenged. Fears replaced tears. Courage was called for. 

A third dear friend is battling cancer. Bill and I desire to love this couple well in these very hard days. What does kindness and compassion look like now?

Life is hard.

God designed his children for relationship. Each of these special people know personally the love of God. As we do life together, I hear God whisper, “… take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5, Joshua 5:15, Acts 7:33. 

As I pray for these friends, these situations, I am on holy ground.   
As I listen for the voice of God, I am on holy ground.                                      
As I ponder his words and my next steps, I am on holy ground. 
Wisdom comes.
Peace descends.
Courage and compassion surface.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
I walk with my friends in confidence on holy ground.

These words of Abraham Herschel encourage, 
“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”                                                 
 Colossians 3:12

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