27 | mcgennans beach | peek whurrong country #Lent 2023

Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith … (Hebrews 12:1-2)

A 9am walk on the beach. I was walking alone on the firm wet sand on a peaceful morning, watching where my feet stepped. Then I looked up and saw the light glisten on the waves so bright, brighter then white. Even though it was in the distance it seemed almost too bright to look at. I wondered, Is this how God/Jesus might appear to us? Like this, too bright to look at. And I marvelled at how it is we can glimpse God through a creation speckled with such awe.

I sensed the phrase ‘look up’, to look at this brightness, to look ahead. I often walk looking at my feet. I sensed ‘don’t look back, don’t look down, look ahead.’ I am about to embark on a challenging experience. I can look back on similar experiences laced with anxiety, lack of sleep, tears and difficulty. I feel God asking me to focus on looking forward, to God’s dazzling brightness, to the outcome not the process.

‘Look up, stop looking at your feet.’ 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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