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.
“Roots, home, neighborhood, and community—these are the geographies of our lives, the places where God dwells.” (Grounded, p. 131)
I love Thompsons Station, the small city where I live. It wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t that I didn’t like living here, it just didn’t feel like home. We left family and a lifetime of friendships when we came here, and as I don’t make friends easily, it was lonely for me for quite a while. I made frequent trips back home to see friends in the first couple of years we were here. On one late night trip back, as I crossed the state line, the Welcome to Tennessee sign wasn’t simply another geographical marker, it finally made sense, I was home.
We are located in such a way as to be able to enjoy iconic Nashville, drive through farmland, or travel back in time to Ethridge, to experience Amish Country. This particular photo was taken a few years ago only a mile or so from my home. Taking the back way, I noticed this pop of yellow as I turned onto the road toward our neighborhood. I drove past several days before I simply couldn’t resist stopping to capture its beauty. It meant altering my route slightly, but it was absolutely worth it. In the summers since, it has never looked like this again.
Today’s scripture is from the Psalms 84, “How lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts!”
He indeed painted the loveliest of pictures for me this particular summer, at a time I needed to be reminded that God is not above or beyond but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us.
“God, you who are infinitely present in creation and in community,
help us to see the spiritual geography of mercy and compassion
that holds nature and neighbor as we live our daily lives.”
Diana Butler Bass