Holy Space

Holy Space

Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 3:5

“’Do not come any closer,’ God said, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’”

Where are the holy spaces of your life?

When Moses encountered the now famous “burning bush” in the wilderness where he was hiding out as a shepherd – holiness invaded ordinary, common space.

When Moses, out of curiosity, moved closer to see this odd bit of vegetation that was aflame but not consumed – holiness touched is life in a way that would change it forever.

When Moses did as he was told, took off his sandals, and God spoke – holiness frightened him – so much so that he “hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”

So again, I ask you, where are the holy spaces of your life?

Where does the living, holy God of the universe

  • Invade your space in some radical, unexpected way?
  • Cause you to bow in awe or even shrink away in fear?
  • Challenge you to live your life in some new way?
  • Call you into some action for Him that may seem impossible, even crazy?
  • Yet invites you in such a powerful way that you dare not turn away?

I believe God still works in such holy and dramatic ways and when we answer….when we follow God’s lead…

Miracles still happen.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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