God spake unto Moses, saying, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3.5)
What are the shoes we are to remove when in search of holy ground?
Are they not our reason, our way of thinking, knowing what is right for us?
And our emotions, our way of feeling, sensing what is real for us?
And our histories and memories, our ways of perceiving our present truths?
And our hopes and dreams, our manners of longing for all not yet in accord with our designing?
And all these and more, beyond the ken of our highest imagining, truly, our deepest desiring?
Yea, so I believe.
For ‘til we, longing for the Presence of Holiness,
stand still and bare, e’en for an instant, in the purity of truest humility,
our uplifted hands o’erflowing with the emptiness of any claim of our righteousness,
we will not, cannot be clothed with sight of e’en a glimpse of God.(1)
(1) A reference to Matthew 5.8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.