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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Marketta Gregory: Sacred ground

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  • When the oldest son came home talking about how he’s studying terrorism in school, I didn’t even wait until after dinner to pull out the pictures. I knew if I hesitated, I’d never tell him what it had been like that Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
    He could get the facts from his teacher, but he needed to hear the story from me.
    So we started with pictures of a half-standing shell of a building and the thank you banners for rescuers that we all signed with our pens and our prayers. Then, the 168 empty chairs that became part of the official memorial, and the picture of the man walking solemnly along with his hat in his hands.
    I tapped my finger on the man.
    You see this? I asked Jessie. You see how he treats this place as sacred?
    We all do, son, because love is there.
    When our world was shattered, when we couldn’t imagine a more painful or a more frightening time, love met us there. Right where the bomb had taken half the building. Right where the ground itself was broken.
    Love came rushing in and gathered babies in its arms to carry them to safety. Love brought meal after meal to rescue teams. Love joined hands and held tight to those who were mourning.
    When enough love is there, when it seeps in to the cracks and the crevices, broken ground becomes holy ground.
    When a tiny nephew arrives too early, and a co-worker swerves too late. When your mama goes in for another surgery and comes out with no more answers. When that annoying mole on your head takes stitches and staples and introduces the word cancer to your medical file. When the car won’t start and the dishes never end. When the whole earth shakes and tears beneath you, trust that love is rushing in.
    And when it arrives?
    Take off your shoes and know you are walking on sacred ground.
    Marketta Gregory is a former religion reporter who now shares her own journey of faith with readers. She lives in Rochester, N.Y., with her husband, their three young boys and one very vocal Pomeranian. To contact Gregory, email markettagregory@yahoo.com or write to her at P.O. Box 12923, Rochester, NY 14612. You can also visit the Simply Faithful page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter (@MarkettaGregory).

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