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 sky begins at our feet. Thus, we actually live in the heavens now, in the space in which earth and sky meet. God’s ‘heavenly’ presence is the air we breathe.” (Grounded, p. 120)
“They are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” I have heard this for at least as long as I have been part of any church culture, as I’m sure you have. Typically, it has meant that the person is so focused on things above that they have no clue what’s happening right in front of their noses. I’ve know people like that; their lives, their friend’s lives, the world, falling to pieces in front of them, but all they can say is, “God is in control.”
In the grand scheme of things, this is truth. But we live in the here and now, and God dwells with us. He is very present in the everyday, ordinary moments, and even in those moments things are spiraling out of control. We have been given free will, the the ability to choose to be present and make an impact in our own lives, and in the lives of others. Choosing to live our lives based in God’s compassion and justice. If he is with us, and we are with him, then we can be the light for someone who is drowning in darkness. We can be the lifeline used to pull someone back to safety.
In order to do that, we have to pull our heads out of the clouds as it were. Be present in those ordinary, everyday moments. We need to continue to be mindful that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us.
All ground is holy ground, all water, holy water, the skies are a holy space, and heaven is the space in which earth and sky meet.
“Earth . . . is humanity’s home, and humans are never so much at home as when God dwells with them.” (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
“Fill me with a dancing joy in the realization
that I am walking about in heaven now;
that the sky, the divine dwelling place, begins at my feet!
You are here, O God, surrounding me, enlivening me! How wonderful!”
Diana Butler Bass