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Ezekiel 45Sacred Ways

Thursday, November 8, 2018

When we read this chapter of Ezekiel we might pause to remember that in each of our days we must set aside a place for God, an attitude for God, and gifts for God.  When we do this, we have a wonderful attitude shift, we have an attitude for God.

Verses 1 through 8 describe how we might create a physical space in which we pause from our work to reflect and to listen for God’s word to come to us.  Verses 9 through 12 remind us that when we parse out our resources we are to use a just and merciful measure rather than a set of standards that exacts punishment and looks for revenge.  Verses 13 to 17 remind us that when we return the best portion of our goods to God we also return all that is good about ourselves and all that we wish to change.  Verses 18 through 25 remind us to set aside specific and certain times to celebrate the goodness of God.  All of this is about the temple Ezekiel describes in previous chapters . . . but it is also about each of us.  It is about the temple within, that place where the Spirit of God dwells.

We can become caught up in the busy-ness of the details of our lives and when this happens we must take time to return to God often and regularly – – – that he might instruct us on how we are to go and what we are to do.

We can become caught up in the many places we must go in our lives and when this happens we must – wherever we are – create a space to visit with God often and regularly – – – that we might remove our sandals and dwell on this holy ground for a while.

We can become caught up in the cultivation of the gifts we recognize as ours rather than the giving of these gifts as we move through our lives and when this happens we must remember to return these gifts to their proper place, to God, often and regularly – – – that he might use them for good. 

We can become caught up in the mercurial and ever-changing attitudes of ourselves and others as we number the days of our lives and when this happens we must remember that God never changes his attitude of loving forgiveness and that God has saved us from ourselves and others often and regularly – – – that we might dwell with him forever in peace. 

Maes: Old Woman Praying

When we make the effort to create sacred space, to return sacred gifts and to preserve sacred time no matter where we are, we become holy ground, holy gift, holy and eternal moments.  Our human, punitive and self-centered attitude morphs into the attitude of God; and we become one with the divine as our new and sacred way of being transforms us into temples for holy dwelling.


A re-post from October 6, 2011.

Images from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:An_Old_Woman_Praying_-_Nicolaes_Maes.png

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