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.

Photo courtesy of George Vinson

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“Jesus lives. Jesus is Lord. . . . Easter is about all of this. To reduce it to a spectacular miracle a long time ago and a hope for an afterlife is to diminish it and domesticate it. It is not about heaven. It is about the transformation of this world.” (Marcus Borg, 2012)

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It is about the transformation of this world. I love that, it speaks directly to what we have talked about over these last 40 days or so. God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. He is all things, he is with us always.

We can encounter God in the ordinary moments, those moments becoming the sacred, holy moments. 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. Caring for creation and loving our neighbor is a spiritual practice; a form of worship and communion with God.

We are the bearers of compassion and as such have a hand in the redemption of this world.

Today we would do well to remember that in our darkest hour, in the midst of our shame, he walked the garden, looking for us. In the moment we knew we were forever abandoned, he called to us, “Why are you hiding?”

He called to us, the betrayer, the thief, the liar, the doubter, the cynic, and in the moment of today’s darkness, he offers forgiveness and grace. Not out of obligation, or certainly not because we’ve followed the rules, but out of his great love for us. No matter where you are on your journey; walking with him in the garden or hiding from him in shame, there is always Love and Grace enough.

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“I experience religious dread whenever
I find myself thinking that I know the limits
of God’s grace, since I am utterly
certain it exceeds any imagination
a human being might have of it.
God does, after all, so love the world.”
Marilynne Robinson