"On the day the Lord God made the earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused rain to fall on the earth and there was no human to till the soil, and wetness would well from the earth to water all the surface of the soil, then the Lord God fashioned the human, humus from the soil, and blew into their nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living creature." Genesis 2:5-7
For all the sacred unknowability of God, still there is tender intimacy in the relationship between Creator and creation. On the journey of Lent, we remember that both the Spirit of life and the wilderness into which we are led are at once with and within us.
Let us pray. Creator God, you knelt in the soil to sculpt our bodies from the earth's clay. You breathed into our nostrils the breath of life. Restore to us the good humility of our of-earth-ness and imbue us with your spirit of love as we navigate the messiness of living. Amen.
Deacon Clare Josef-Maier