Exodus 15, 17-18
Something to read
Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O LORD, which thy hands have established. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
King James Version
You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession, the place, O Lord, that you made your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established. The Lord will reign forever and ever.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
The holy place means Jerusalem. David captured it and made it his capital, Solomon built the Temple there, it became the sacred centre of the world for the Hebrews, and has been a special place ever since. The Jerusalem Temple was the place where Isaiah had his vision, and the city was the place where Jesus came to die.
Any place can become a holy place if it is a place where we encountered God. I look back to the little town chapel where I first felt the touch of God, and to the hall in the conference centre where I gave him my life. Places like Iona and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are special to me because of their place in the story of the Church, and because I have felt God’s presence there.
Something to do
Where are your holy places? Why are they holy to you? Take some time to think about what happened there, how it has marked or changed your life.
Something to pray
You have touched me so many times.
You have touched me through the love of those who love me.
You have touched me through the story of Jesus.
You have touched me through the story of the church, of Jesus’ disciples in all centuries and places.
There are special places where I have felt your touch, the gentle warming touch and the spellbinding life-changing embrace. Thank you for those places, and what they mean to me.
Thank you for the people who have been part of that story, and part of those places.
May the places and the people remind me of you in he days when life is grey or full of distractions. May the song and the story still resonate within me, and by your grace may I be a touching place where others may feel your touch and embrace, and discover their own holy places with you.
In the name of Jesus, our living Lord,
Today’s contributor is the Rev Tony Buglass, a Methodist minister, and Superintendent of the Upper Calder Circuit, made up of nine Methodist and one United Reformed Church, between Luddendenfoot and Walsden in the Hebden Bridge area