“How awesome is this place! This is nothing else but an abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven!” Have you ever been to a place that caused you to react as Jacob did — with a sense of awe at the presence of the sacred? I know people who feel the sacred on mountain tops, at the relentless ocean, in the purifying desert. There is a scene from the autobiography of Thomas Merton which describes a different kind of encounter with the divine. He was standing on a busy street corner in Louisville and became overwhelmed with the presence of God. Yes, he who was a reclusive monk and hermit found God in the midst of the city. Keep your eyes open today!