Holy as a Handshake

It is a profound truth to me and one that has been circling in my mind for years, I just never found a way to say it as clear. I was talking with a friend the other day on this very subject. We were saying how, we as a human family tend to think of receiving something holy, only from God. In ways we are correct but I think where we mislead ourselves is thinking ‘holy moments’ only happen in church or when praying, or when talking to or about God. If the Bible is correct in this narrative when it says that God “is the alpha and the omega”, then to me that means the Creator is in everything, everywhere, all the time. And that all moments are holy.
If you give a Native American a cigarette it can just be a cigarette, but if you give him cigarettes or tobacco as a gift, then it becomes something holy. It’s the intention to which we act or receive. It’s how much we are paying attention to life; To the beautiful moments. How many of us are so struck by the rise of a new day that we stop and give thanks? New life, our pets, our elders, all offer wonderful opportunities for holy moments. Life has wonderful textures of scents and feels, all offering glimpses of the Maker, of God, of Wakan Tanka, of the Great Mystery!
I tend to find holy moments upon reflection or see them as so in a memory. I’m trying hard to recognize living in the moment, and finding holiness in those moments. Every human connection to other humans, to plant and animal life are holy. Every breath is holy and I should find thanks in every one of them. That sounds kinda crazy, right? That would mean I’d really have to pay attention ! Maybe I’m full of it, maybe some things are holy and some are not. What do you think?
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2 thoughts on “Holy as a Handshake

  1. This is my first time on your site and the first time i’ve ever responded to a blog! I am reading Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward and i cannot get enough of it. i joined the email list but not sure if that gets me what i think it does! at any rate i like what i found and the post i am commenting on is about holy moments. i too am trying to pay attention and it’s worth it….just hard not to get distracted or maybe it hard not to let feelings and reactions take away from paying attention. probably all moment could be holy if we had more practice! maybe

  2. Our culture surely doesn’t encourage or guide us to slow down and it especially doesn’t lead us to believe that everyday things can be holy. I applaud you for your attempts at being mindful and awake. It is hard for us all, but those of us that at least realize we need to lean more in that direction, are at least headed down the right path. Those are my thoughts anyway. If you have subscribed to my blog or Rohr’s daily meditations, you will simply receive emails of posts. I do a music post on a series called “Shine A Light” every week and then fill in with topics that cross my mind or spring from conversations I’m having. Thanks for following, and big thanks for your comments, I’d hope that more people would comment to make the blog have more interaction. We all learn from each other.

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