18 | stony rises | djargurd wurrung country #Lent 2023

Then God said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ (Exodus 3:5)

There is a place that the first white farmers did not find value in, so they let it be. We call it the Stony Rises. It is near Mount Porndon. It is a place where the flat land suddenly becomes many small hills, one following from the other. The hills are many volcanic rocks, with just enough soil between them for life to flourish. Manna gums and blackwoods grow there, kept safe by the volcanic rocks. It is a sanctuary.

In one place, between the hills, a tiny valley is a winter haven for frogs. In the summer the wallabies graze there. In winter it fills with water. Each year I go there. I take my shoes off and walk through it. The water comes up to my ankles and the tadpoles swim around my feet. In that place I am grounded in God. 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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