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.
Photo Credit: George Vinson
“I did not want to leave. I wanted to stay forever, embraced by the spare holiness. I sensed a connection with the place, the strange sensation of once having been there, even though I had never even entered a Quaker meetinghouse before . . . I [felt] like [I was] home.” (Grounded, p. 135)
There’s something about history that I love. Not the read it in a book and memorize dates kind of history, but the hands on kind. Visiting places that have been around for hundreds of years. Being able to walk the same floors, touch the same things as people long ago gone.
I remember sitting in an old church several years ago, and was struck by a connection to the past as my hand rested on the pew in front of me. The wood, worn smooth from years of use, polished and shiny like glass, touched by hands like mine, years before I took my first breath. What weight did they carry as they leaned forward in prayer? Flesh and blood burdened to the point of pouring out, baptism after baptism of tears ushering in joy, sadness, regret, acceptance; how many times had God met someone in that very place. The place I felt him still.
God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. The past becoming the now, the present becoming the future, everything coming full circle, moments of grace all around us if only we take the time to see them.
“Give me a deeper sense of wonder, God,
that even my genes carry memory of my ancestors—
and an even more ancient memory—the spiritual memory of you as Creator.
Attune me to the places where I stumble into grace,
may I be able to discern holy ground.”
Diana Butler Bass