Sacred Story, Sacred Ground

Dear People of the Sacred Ground,

Exodus 3 is a tale of God coming to Moses in the everyday happenings of life. Moses is out in a field watching sheep for his father-in-law, when his creator comes to him and calls him into action. God wants Moses to become the international hero who will lead God's people out of slavery in Egypt. Moses had very human doubts and fears about the entire thing. Moses saw no way that anything sacred could be happening upon the ground which he stood. Little did Moses know that from his working pasture to the Pharaohs' home city of Rameses, God was moving with a sacred story.

God is calling out to you right now on the sacred ground you are on, to move past fears and threats, to a new chapter in your sacred story.

The late Henri Nouwen writes that the role of the church is to take the “hostice” (fears, foes, dread, wounds, hopelessness, doom and gloom ) of the world that we experience as threatening and hostile, and transform it into “hospice,” a place of shelter and rest.

We are each on sacred ground. Let us be faithful to the transformation God makes possible from every Rameses (place of threat, foes and fears) to the pasture (the church, the missional community, the place of hope, healing and reformation), the property Jesus has promised to bless with his presence whenever ”… 2 or 3 gather in his name….” (Matthew 18:20)

May you be blessed on the sacred ground upon which you stand.

Pastor David J. Jensen

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