Zion refers to both a hill in the city of Jerusalem and to the city itself — but it’s also used in a general way to mean “holy place” or “kingdom of heaven.”
I have been thinking about holy places and holy spaces. Where are they? When are they? Can we see the holy in the ordinary? In the regular ritual? In the place where we can steal a moment away?
God made a stable in Bethlehem a holy place. Only God can take the dark, smelly, and dirty and turn it into a holy space. God is in the business of transforming hearts and lives from messes to messages of love and grace.