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.
“Spirituality is about personal experience . . . but [not] for the sake of feeling good, individual prosperity, or guaranteeing a blessed afterlife. It is about tracing the threads of the interconnected universe, about finding God in nature and community—and, in finding God, discovering that we really are one.” (Grounded, p. 238)
the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things
I know for most of us, we think of spirituality in the context of religion. I’ve never actually looked up the definition of the word, and I was surprised that it’s meaning wasn’t religious at all. At the heart of it, being concerned with the human spirit or soul, is a concept that is central to all religions. Turning our concern and our attention outward, to our neighbors, is at the core of Jesus’ message for us.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. . . ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
This is the essence of spirituality, “When we care for one another, we encounter God. When we experience the Spirit, we care for one another. Everyone, everything is connected through love. We need to live in that reality.” (Diana Butler Bass)
As we talked about yesterday, we can find and know God through our neighbors, in the ordinary moments, outside of the boxes we have so carefully packed him in, where secular moments become holy moments. What can we do to care for our neighbor today? There are holy moments out there waiting for us.
“O God, do not let my desire for your Spirit
isolate me from the world in which you dwell.
May my experience of you, of Love, lead me
into risky compassion for the common good.”
Diana Butler Bass