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 5: “We are here on this planet, walking around on the same ground, depending on the soil for life. And God is with us. Earth is not an illusion, a tragic dream, or a spiritual metaphor. Earth is definitely for real.” (Grounded, p. 63)
This is the same earth that was created for and given to Adam to care and tend. In Genesis 17 it says, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat of the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are.”
It’s not an easy task to care for sacred and holy ground. God is here with us, a part of the gift we have been so graciously given. Throughout scripture it tells us, from dust we are taken and to dust we will return. The dust we cultivate for sustenance. The dust we tend for enjoyment, for beauty. The very dust in which we find communion with God.
He is creation and creation is him. Caring for and breathing life into the dust is simply another way to experience God with us. We need to continually be mindful that no matter where we are, he is.
“Blessed are you, O God
Creator of the universe,
Who have made all things good
and given the earth for us to cultivate.
Grant that we may always use created things gratefully
and share your gift with those in need.”
Book of Blessings