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.
“True neighborliness can be described as [mutual responsibility], acting toward one another with respect and understanding.” (Grounded, p. 222)
In today’s reflection, Diana used a quote from Henri Nowen, “We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.”
(From Henri J. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey)
What is it that keeps us from crossing those roads? Busyness, apathy, fear? How can we overcome those things? I want to challenge each of us to stay present, to be in a posture to notice those moments when the road is clear.
There are sacred connections to be made, opportunities to know God through our neighbors.
“Help me cross the road today, God.
May I move from fear and isolation
and reach out to a life of mutuality,
of respect and regard for my neighbors.”
Diana Butler Bass