As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God? (Psalm 42:1-2)

My Sunday School class is lucky to have an inspirational leader – Wilson Boots, a retired UMC clergy and missions leader to South America.  He has shared with our class a gift his wife Nora gave him – a wooden plaque with an artistic rendition in metals of the burning bush with sandals next to the bush.  The art reminds the viewer that God told Moses to remove his shoes in front of the burning bush because he was standing on Holy Ground.

The Psalm for today’s reading is a longing to see the face of God.  The writer thirsts for God, wants to see God and wants to know when he will behold the living God.  We all want answers--we want the easy way to win God’s favor and secure our place in heaven.  But in a society where the average American owns 16 pairs of shoes, are we willing to remove our shoes to stand on Holy Ground?

God, we want to see you and know you.  Please help us become willing to make those sacrifices necessary to bring your kingdom to our world.  Amen

Lillian L Anfosso - mother of Leeds boys

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