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Finding Your Holy Ground

  February 21, 2018
Dear Friends,

Some people describe it as a halo. It is that glow that radiates from someone
who walks with God. We saw it in the life of Rev. Dr. Billy Graham. We
heard many stories this week about the influence he had on people's lives.
The presence of God was all around him.

I saw that same spirit last Sunday as it radiated in and through Pastor
Joshua McClure. He was speaking at the Savoy Bookshop in Westerly.
The standing room only crowd was on the edge of their seats as he was
sharing insights from his latest book, On Holy Ground.

"Holy ground isn't some place at the foot of a mountain," he explained.
"Whenever you have an encounter with God, you are standing on holy
ground." Moses knew something was up when he saw the burning bush.
It wasn't the bush that marked the encounter. It was God.

We get often get sidetracked.  We run around looking for a sacred space.
We want our own burning bush. We lose sight of the fact that God only
used the bush to get Moses' attention. From that point on God walked
with Moses and the holy ground became a part of his life.

There is no prescribed place for it to be found. Some people find it on
Sunday morning while sitting in worship. I have a friend who finds it
along the beach as he watches the sun rise early in the morning. You can
find it wherever grace and love and mercy is shared.

It isn't the location that determines holy ground: It is the "Who" you are
with. It is about spending time with God. People who walk with God have
this glow radiating from them. When they talk about their faith, you know
it is coming from their hearts. You see it reflected in their lives.

People look at Moses as being unique. He was the law giver. He was the
leader of Hebrew people. Yet scripture suggests that if we are willing to
invite God into our every day lives, then we will be standing on the same
ground as Moses. God's glory will surround us.

I'd like to challenge you to spend a little time with Jesus every day during
this Lenten season. Open up the Scriptures. Pick up a devotional book. Go
to worship. Make time in your schedule to walk with him. In doing so, you'll
find that holy ground is all around you.

God bless! See you in church.  

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