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.
“The big bang’s simplest insight, and the one with the most profound implication for understanding God and contemporary spirituality, is straightforward: everything that exists was created at the same time; thus all things are connected by virtue of being made of the same matter.” (Grounded, p. 107)
We are all connected. Yet, you would never know it by looking at our world, our country, our cities, our neighborhoods, our circle of friends, or our churches. Maybe especially our churches.
We are not only divided geographically, but physically, racially, and religiously as well. And in the religious inferno, we have assigned residents, much like Dante, to specific circles of hell. We have forgotten who our neighbors are. Somewhere along the way, the country we live in, our political leanings, the size of our homes, the color of our skin, our denominational affiliation, all became more important than love your neighbor.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22 27-39
The last line is the important here, “love your neighbor as yourself.” If we are indeed all connected, from the same dust as all of creation, then we are not simply our neighbor’s keeper. We are our neighbor.
He is all things. All ground is holy ground, all water, holy water, the skies are a holy space, and our neighbor is sacred and to be loved as we love ourselves.
“God, open my eyes to see connections that I have never seen before.
May I feel the holy threads that weave through the world and the entire cosmos.”
Diana Butler Bass