Beginning our walk across Lenten fields
For Ash Wednesday
The picture above is the first in a series of photos that I will use to focus my Lenten meditations this year. Click on it to see the full size image.
I took this in the early morning at Gethsemani Abbey, Bardstown, KY, in March of 2014. I call it “Lenten Fields” because it speaks to me of both the barrenness and fecundity of the Lent season.
The vast swath of earth in the foreground speaks to me on this Ash Wednesday — “dust you are, to dust you shall return.” We are animated earth, filled with potential for life and fruitfulness.
The deer foraging the fields remind me that God cares for his creatures. Even when the earthly landscape seems barren and circumstances unfavorable for nourishment, there is provision.
The trees so stark and apparently lifeless tell me life is more than meets the eye. Soon the life within will bud and flower and produce a sea of green.
There is a road hidden in the midst of the landscape on which people travel. It goes around curves and up and down, through fog and toward hills, its destination unseen.
All this, the Lenten journey.
All this, the lengthening of days and the coming of light.