Surrounded by Steadfast Love

I’m giving the “photo-a-day” challenge another try this Lent. As many of us get underway with whatever Lenten discipline(s) we’ve chosen, I wanted to revisit this post from 2013, in which I ask, “Am I observing Lent for God, or for my public image within my community?”

Jerusalem to Jericho

Surround - All Eyes on Jesus Surround – All Eyes on Jesus

On Saturday, March 16, Rethink Church’s suggested word for the Lenten “Photo of the Day” was surround. That evening, I saw my daughter setting up the nativity set that my Aunt Marie gave to me the Christmas before Hannah was born. The set she now thinks of as hers could not be more different from the set I played with as a child, an unpainted cast of dozens carved from olive wood in the West Bank circa 1970; but my six year old self had the same instincts as my daughter when it came to the arrangement – everyone crowding around the baby Jesus, surrounding him. After all, he is the main attraction! He is the one everyone is there to see.

SNAP! Once she saw I was taking photos, Hannah started arranging the characters differently, everyone facing out as if they were…

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