Posted by: Melissa Bane Sevier | August 30, 2017

Deluge on holy ground

When Moses encountered the burning bush, he was just minding his own business. Literally. He was taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep. Maybe dreaming of a better future. Occasionally wondering what was going on with his friends and family back in Egypt, a place he’d had to leave after murdering an evil overseer. A people and a place that needed him.

The bush. The voice. The order to remove his shoes because the very ground on which he was standing was holy. Just plain old dusty soil on the mountain, dotted with a few scruffy bushes and sheep droppings.


And the recognition that even such an ordinary place could be holy sent Moses back to other holy ground, a place of suffering in Egypt.

God can, and does, designate any place as holy ground. The places where we have sacred encounters can be anywhere God is.

This week we’ve all seen pictures of unprecedented flooding in Texas and Louisiana. And we’ve watched, open-mouthed and teary-eyed, as people risked their own safety to save lives or recover the dead, to bring food and potable water—to bring hope.

Every dollar we donate, every prayer we raise, every conversation in which we honor survivor, victim, and rescuer—all of these recognize that God is present with the suffering. Indeed, that God suffers alongside them.

Because the ground over which more than fifty inches of rain fell—that ground is holy. It’s holy because of the suffering that has taken place there. It’s holy because it will take a long time to get back to any sense of normalcy.

It’s holy because God is there.IMG_7250, copyright low, my blog 8-30-17

© 2017, Melissa Bane Sevier

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