|Holy! We attach that word to a whole lot of things: books (Holy Bible); rites of the church (Holy Communion); images of God (Holy Trinity, Spirit); things (holy grail); places (holy ground, Holy Land, Holy Roman Empire); expressions (holy smoke, and others…); periods of time (Holy Thursday, Holidays, Holy Week…which we in the church are about to observe as you read these thoughts).
Holy is defined as (dictionary.com): 1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated; 2. Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion; 3. Saintly; godly; pious; devout; 4. Having a spiritually pure quality; 5. Entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred; 6. Inspiring fear and awe; 7. Religious. Given those definitions, there is the possibility for a lot of holy things in life.
As we approach this coming “holy” week it seems to me that there is still one more way to think about that special adjective for our lives, every day! During these 8 days of this week we have designated as sacred, — from Palm Sunday, though Holy Thursday and Good Friday and into Easter Sunday — we will again hear about God “doing” something. What we will rehearse again is the story of God in and through our Lord Jesus doing something 2000 years ago which changes everything, not the least of which is the power of death over our lives and the lives of all people for all time in this world. What God was “doing” in the giving of the Son over to death and then rising to life again certainly should be called holy.
Let me suggest that whenever God is about doing “anything” in this world and our lives, we should consider it holy. From the profound such as the birth of a child and the presence of one who waits with another to die; from the most difficult such as an offer of forgiveness from one who has been deeply injured or a prayer offered for an enemy; to the simplest of acts such as a hug, or a smile or a word of encouragement to a person in need – these routine daily happening should, I believe, be considered holy since through each, God is “doing” something to affect a god-like change in life and the world.
May we all remember and observe the “holy” not only this coming special week and season, but every day of our lives as God keeps active in, around and through us, doing what God “does” always in love!
In His Name,
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley