Perhaps it's because in the summer we get out and really look around. Perhaps it's a holdover from the excitement of childhood summer vacations. Invariably, when July rolls around, we start thinking about how much the places we've lived and visited mean to us. Places nourish us, the psalmist reminds us. The Lord's green pastures and still waters restore the soul (Psalm 23:2).
Finding our place in the world, enjoying its bounties, celebrating its wonders and giving thanks for its gifts all are necessary steps on a spiritual journey. Consciously acknowledging our relationship to places is a discipline that enables us to recognize that the ground upon which we stand is, as God told Moses, holy. Here's how we practice this thought.
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