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 word ‘dwell’ is related to an Old English word for ‘heresy’ or ‘madness.’ Perhaps it is a sort of insanity to believe that God dwells with us. If so, the madness is a long-lingering hope of the human race, the dream to dwell.” (Grounded, p. 191)
In my early church years, I heard much about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It was something that was the ultimate goal for believers in my Pentecostal world. I know that some of my friends thought we were crazy. Holy Roller was a moniker I heard often. Honestly, it was a little embarrassing for my insecure, high school self. And so disappointing when I didn’t feel like I had achieved Holy Roller status.
How much more freeing would it have been if I had actually realized that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us? The indwelling had already taken place, he is in me, and I, in him. He is all things, inexplicably tied to me, and in turn, me to him. Creation is his dwelling place, as well as mine. His light is here to lead me. . .
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to our holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalms 43:3
“Send out your light; let it bring me to your dwelling.
Send out your light; let it bring me to your dwelling.
Send out your light; let it bring me to your dwelling.”
(Prayer based on Psalms 43:3, after a suggestion by John Philip Newell)