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.
Day 4: “By tending the soil, we imitate the creative process in Genesis. We can ‘breathe’ new life into the ground. This reconnects us with both soil and life, opening us up to new ways of experiencing God with us in the world.” Grounded pp. 49-50)
I enjoy working in the dirt, bringing order to the chaos, life out of the decay left by winter. It can be a form of communion, a reconnecting to myself, and myself, to God. There’s so much satisfaction in bringing beauty into the world. Even if it is simply my small corner. For my own enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.
As much as I love the Fall, Spring is a welcome beacon of hope, an awakening to wonder. A reminder that all things are made new.
I love this quote from Anne Lamott, “Love falls to earth, rises from the ground, pools around the afflicted. Love pulls people back to their feet.”
Breathing new life into the ground is a way to tend and nurture that love. To experience God with us anew every single day. We have a responsibility to cultivate that life so that it can be enjoyed by others now, and into the future. In our own small corners and in the larger sense of creation as a whole.
We need to continue to be mindful that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. All ground becoming holy ground, and caring for the earth a spiritual practice; a form of worship and communion with God.
“We remember with shame that in the past,
we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty,
so that the voice of the earth,
which should have gone up to Thee in song
has been a groan of travail.
May we realize that all things live,
not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee.”
(Basil of Caesarea, ca. 360)