I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
Day 10: “Jesus gives water, and he is water.” (Grounded, p. 76)
We have an Amish community about 45 minutes from us in Etheridge, TN, so some neighborhood friends and I decided to take a trip back in time one Friday morning. We were able to pick up some fresh produce and home baked bread and found their community market. We stopped at one home and struck up a conversation with the woman who was selling her delicious fried pies. We were in the middle of a drought ridden summer and asked how they managed without having any rain. Keep in mind that these people don’t typically have running water and the ability to keep crops watered at the turn of a spigot. She stopped and simply said, “It rains when it’s supposed to.”
It was such a matter of fact statement. It was one of those ordinary moments seeped in the sacred. Nothing disingenuous or self-righteous; simply borne of a life lived wholly dependent on God for provision. Oh, to have the faith to live my life in that way. To trust that it will rain when it’s supposed to, that he indeed gives water.
The beauty of it is, there are no conditions, no work is required on our part. He cares enough to reach down to us, giving of himself. As he is all things, all ground is holy ground. All water, holy water. He offers us the holy, literally in the form of creation, and spiritually, as living water so that we may thirst no more.
“O Lord my God,
may Thy Holy gift and Thy Holy Water
be unto forgiveness of my sins,
unto enlightenment of my mind,
unto strengthening of my spiritual and bodily powers,
unto health of my soul and body,
unto vanquishing of my passions and weaknesses,
by Thy boundless merciful kindness. Amen.”
(From the Russian Orthodox tradition)