Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, September 14, 2015
Centering on the Holy One
For today, I chose a Name of God from the Bible that is simple and profound. This is my word of the day for Centering Prayer. My word—Name of God for today is Holy One.
This Name comes from Isaiah 49, and incorporates the Hebrew word for holy, or “kodesh.” Some years ago I had the most difficulty figuring out exactly what “holy” meant. I knew it was a Name of God. I knew it referred to things that were of God. But, I had a radical sense of disconnect between me and a clear idea of that definition.
So, I dug more deeply. I tried to understand.
Now, I think I have come to some sort of wider understanding of the multi-faceted definition at “holy.” Holy can also be “set apart.” In the case of God, God is so far above us humans, I can well imagine how God is set apart.
When I began praying, I thought of the prophet writing those words. What did he mean by them? I kept bringing myself back to the Name “Holy One,” and I kept thinking first one thing, then another.
I am surprised that this well-known image from Isaiah—seeing God high up and in the Temple, with the seraphim flying around, saying “Holy, holy, holy!”—surprised that it did not come to mind. That’s one of my favorite biblical images. Sure, it’s terrifying. Sure, I feel like hiding my face before that idea of God! But that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s how I am supposed to feel. God, I come before You in gratitude for my salvation and also in awe of Your majesty, power and set-apartness. You are so glorious. I can only fall before You in awe. Thank You, God, for this new (to me, that is) verse. A new look, and a fresh expression of Your glory.
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