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.

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“Creation is not bound by a divine hierarchical order but is, instead, a circle or dance or tapestry, where God, humanity, and nature participate together in community. . . . [This is] the web of life . . . a spiritual ecology.” (Grounded, pp. 153, 155)

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I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. (Colossians 2:2–3, The Message)

Today’s Reflection:
The order of the universe is not a top-down structure. Rather, the order of the universe is a kind of mutuality, creativity, and interdependence of life. Nothing is “above” or “below,” everything is connected with the gossamer threads of grace. How humbling. How beautiful.

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Diana’s words today speak so much life and affirmation for me today. I couldn’t have said it any more eloquently than she already has, and why I have included the entire devotional today.

I’ve noticed in my own life, when I don’t feel connected to the church, or to Christianity in general, I find him in the everyday, ordinary moments. The beauty in the everyday, hence this section on the blog. When words fail, when the institution of church, and the people connected to it fail me, he is always present. I have had more holy experiences connected with Creation in this season of my life. Where do you encounter God outside of the traditional and expected?

He is all things, not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us.

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Today’s Prayer:
“Teach me to live with a profound awareness
of the tapestry of love, the web of grace.”
Diana Butler Bass