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How Holy is the Holy Land? 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 08:15 AM - Extra Christy
Author Don McKim tells us that holy has two meanings: "pure/sacred" and "set apart/unique". Many of the holy places in the holy lands are disputed. Traditions that this is the actual place that this event happened may "only" be hundreds of years old, (some traditions go back over a thousand years), but due to upheavals in political, religious and geological arenas, no site can prove to the modern mind that it was the undisputed site of a Biblical occurrence.

What is a visitor to the Holy Land to do? If "Holy" is understood as the pure/sacred then much is lost by not being able find the actual site. But...if one receives Holy as set apart/unique then the centuries of devoted pilgrims coming to the holy sites itself makes the place holy. During my visit to the sites of the Holy Land, my thoughts will include the thousands of faithful pilgrims over hundreds of years that have come to the same spot I visit, considering the same Bible event that I am reflecting on. There is holiness in joining those saints through the ages in reflection and prayer in the same set apart space.

Make somewhere holy this week. Gather with others in Jesus' name. It could be for a prayer at work, scripture reading at school, or service at Good Neighbors. Whenever two or three are gathered in Jesus' name, Christ is present and that is holy enough for anyone.

With Jesus in the Holy Land

For where two or three come together in my name,
there am I with them.-- Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

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