Turn Aside and Look: On Holy Ground

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The present is holy ground.
— Alfred North Whitehead

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It matters less what has happened or what will happen.  What matters is happening right this very moment.

We are sentient creatures with a proclivity to bypass the present to dwell on the past or fret about the future.   This has been true of humans since our creation.   Those observing Buddhist tradition and New Age believers of the “Eternal Now” call our attention to the present moment through the teaching of “mindfulness” to bring a sense of peacefulness and fulfillment.

Yet I don’t believe the present is about our minds, or how well we dwell in the moment.  It is not about us at all.

The present is holy ground where we are allowed to tread.  We are asked to remove our shoes in an attitude of respect to a loving God who gives us life, and we approach each sacred moment with humility.  We turn aside from the dailiness of our lives to look at what He has promised.

There will be no other moment just like this one.  There may be no other beyond this one.  Right now, this moment barefoot, I am simply grateful to be here.

 

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3 thoughts on “Turn Aside and Look: On Holy Ground

  1. YES! And thanks again and again for your daily postings. They are always the high point of my day. I love ascending through Lent, walking together with all my sisters and brothers following your blog up to Good Friday and Easter.

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  2. Jesus tells us to live for this day for this day’s troubles are enough. Don’t waste our time worrying about what was or what will be. If we do our best to make our will God’s will then the best of the past will be maintained and the worst amended. As well, our future will not be a repeat of our past.
    -Alan

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