Texts: Mark 7:1-23 and James 1:22-27
I experienced one of those moments this week that educators often call “teachable moments.” I decided to walk to an appointment I had scheduled near downtown. I thought the exercise would be good for me and at the same time I would be saving gas and doing something good for the environment by being one less car on the road. When I started out from the church, I didn’t think about the fact that it was one of the hottest days of the summer. My teachable moment came at the intersection of St. Mary’s and Hillsborough streets as sweat rolled down my face and back. (And for you Southern belles, I was not glistening. I was in a full sweating meltdown!) Realizing that I was only about half way to my destination, I thought, “This was a bad idea.” In my panic, I thought, “Maybe I should turn around, go back to the church, and get my car.” But as soon as I had that thought, I also thought, “You’re half way there crazy lady. Keep going.” Later, as I reflected on that moment, I remembered having heard of this idea of liminal space: the place between two worlds. I thought about my experience there at the intersection of St. Mary’s and Hillsborough. For a moment I stood between two worlds-that of going back or moving forward. Liminal space some call it.