And he told them many things in parables … (Matthew 13:3)
The middle of winter in Cudgee sees southwest winds, grey skies and lots of rain – sometimes horizontal!! – but occasionally a day or stretch of days so still and sunny. It’s the time of year for winter fruit tree pruning; and it’s in our orchard and the grasses in the paddock beyond our fence that I see and delight in tiny spreading webs. I’m not sure which insect creates them, but they stretch and shimmer from branch to branch, from bush to grass, from fence to vine. I catch my breath and often get a bit caught up watching and looking for more.
The webs are an image of the kingdom of God being woven on earth, right here in southwest Victoria. I imagine how our ordinary actions of kindness and justice and care might each be like a strand of the web, with God’s Spirit the master weaver, standing back and delighting in the unfolding work.
The webs are fleeting and fragile, often gone the next day, but shine their connections in the late afternoon warmth, witnessing to the shining gentle kingdom being created with us, amongst us, and around us. Ω
What is this? Lent is the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Traditionally it is a time of reflection and pilgrimage. To help you on this journey, Sanctuary has put together daily stories and images from people in the congregation which are focused on God in this place. Why this theme? Read this! #Lent2023. Our Spiritual Geography © Sanctuary, 2023. Sanctuary is based on Peek Whurrong country. Full acknowledgement of country here.
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