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.
In a sermon by the Reverend Oran Warder, he said ‘We share a common life—we share a common journey—and we are forever bound together by God’s divine love. . . . Maybe moments that hold compassionate promise happen more often than we notice.’ (Grounded, p. 266)
I absolutely believe that moments that hold compassionate promise happen all around us. I’ve tried to be present in every moment so that I am aware of their happening. To me, those most often are the ordinary moments. The moments that are the most holy.
In my church experience, I was always taught that the holy moments are the moments that happen within the confines of the church. That the moments that happened outside of that, in the everyday world, were the secular moments. And of course, being Christians meant we were set apart from the world.
I don’t believe that we are to separate ourselves from everything we deem worldly. There are opportunities to extend compassion to those we may never see within the four walls of a traditional church. If we are indeed to be the salt and light, we need to extend ourselves outside of our comfort zones. Cross racial divides. Reject religious ideals. Stand with the marginalized. Love with abandon.
As we have talked about so many times throughout this lenten journey, “God is not above or beyond, but integral to the whole of creation, entwined with the sacred ecology of the universe.” He is all things. All ground is holy ground, all water, holy water, the skies are a holy space, and our neighbor is sacred and to be loved as we love ourselves.
“Every moment of our lives is made possible by compassion and challenged by the call to compassion. Compassion is God, life, and the way”
“May my heart be open, that I might be with you, O God,
with others, and act with love for and in the world.”
Diana Butler Bass