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.
“Genealogy is one of the most significant, perhaps even universal, aspects of religion. Since the dawn of time, human beings have believed that spiritual insight, power, and piety somehow passes down through generations.” (Grounded, pp. 143–144)
The missionary’s story I shared yesterday is the perfect example of the above. The belief that spiritual insight, power, and even sin, are passed down through generations, making the connection to family legacy so important.
Think about the legacy that has been passed down to you, how it has shaped the way you encounter God and those around you. The words spoken over us influence us in far reaching ways. If the legacy we have been given is less than stellar, we have the power to change it. We can stop damaging family cycles of abuse, addiction, apathy, bullying, etc., etc..
Love can be the blessing we speak over our friends and families, over ourselves, and over those we encounter on a daily basis. If that is something we have never experienced, it can begin today, with ourselves.
I love this quote from Rumi, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
We have the power to remove those barriers, change the legacy we have been given, and choose to make it one of love and compassion, grace and gratitude.
Let’s remember that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. He is all things, love being the most transforming, and we are loved with an unconditional, unfailing love.
“Do not let me hoard love! Instead,
let me imagine love as a legacy for generations to come.
May those I never know be blessed by the life I live now.”
Diana Butler Bass