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.
“Quietly, painfully, unexpectedly, we learned that when one of us is lost, we all are. We are our sisters’ keepers.” (Grounded, p.195)
I’m going to take that last sentence a little further and say we are our sisters. As Christians, we should be advocates for any and all who are in need. We rise to the occasion in the midst of tragedy, loss, and sadness. I think it says so much more about us, when we do the same in the everyday, ordinary moments of our lives. Giving to our neighbors, our friends, to those in our communities who are overlooked. Jesus goes so far as to say, “if you fail to clothe, to house, to feed anyone being overlooked, you failed to do it to me.” Matthew 25:35-40
Throughout his life, Jesus stood as the ultimate advocate for women. He created us to fill the void of loneliness. Women were used throughout old testament times to do the work that a man could not, or would not do. He stood with the woman abused, rejecting religious ideals, writing words of freedom for her in the sand. He took water from the woman from the wrong side of the tracks, crossing the racial divide. He revealed himself after the cross, to a woman, trusting her to tell the story of resurrection. (Excerpt from I am My Sister)
We have been given the ultimate example of what it is to be rescue for another. In times of tragedy, loss, and sadness, we have been told to look for the helpers. We are those helpers. Each and every one of us carry with us the story of resurrection, the way of rescue.
“O Lord, by your holy prophets you taught your ancient people
to seek the welfare of the cities in which they lived.
We commend our neighborhood to your care,
that it might be kept free from social strife and decay.
Give us strength of purpose and concern for others,
that we may create here a community
of justice and peace where your will may be done.”
Lutheran Book of Worship