“Footprint in Stone“
I saw today
what Pilgrims have seen
since Queen Mother Helena in the 4th Century
the very rock from which Christ is presumed to have ascended to Heaven.
I listened today
as Abed told us what Guides have repeated
hundreds of thousands of times
that the rock bears the imprint of Christ’s feet.
My imagination is not great enough to see the footprint…
my faith is not so fragile as to demand proof so tangible.
All I see in a depression in the rock.
And yet I know
that Christ’s footprint is upon this site …
for this is an Islamic mosque
and has been thus since the 13th Century.
Here, hundreds of years ago,
a Moslem leader declared that this holy site,
revered by Moslems and Christians alike
as the location of Jesus’ ascension,
could be used for worship by Christians,
even as it is used as a mosque for Islamic worship.
Moslems and Christians,
worshipping the One God
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…
Could such an act of graciousness
be any other than
the footprint of God’s love in Christ?
Footprint on the rock?
For we know that God is constantly
on the rock that is the human heart.
And when we see the footprints…
we celebrate anew
the miraculous wonder of Ascension!