Dear Oak Grove Friends,
For the last couple of weekends, I have woken up on Saturday with absolutely no place I had to be. There was plenty to do, but nowhere I had to go. I was blessed with the opportunity to simply enjoy being in my own home. Summer is often full of travel and special plans. We get to do things we don’t get to do at other times of the year. But, sometimes, it is nice just to have an ordinary day at home. This article was inspired when I read these words, “I long to return to the ordinary days,” in an article written by the father of a young boy who recently died after a long illness.
When was your last “ordinary” day? Do we remember what ordinary is? In today’s world, it seems the retailers rush us from one holiday to the next. I just saw a lament on Facebook that a certain retailer already has their Christmas items displayed. We seem to want to live for the excitement of the next big thing, without savoring the ordinary moments we have on our own, with others, and with God.
In the Christian year, there are two cycles of Preparation, Celebration, and Ordinary Time. We begin with Advent in preparation for the Christmastide Celebration followed by Ordinary Time. Then we cycle back to Lent in preparation for the Eastertide Celebration, again followed by Ordinary Time. We are currently deep into Ordinary Time. The liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green. I think this is appropriate, because I believe some of our best growth comes in Ordinary Time or “ordinary time.” You know, that time when we just sit back and enjoy being in our homes, in our church, with those we love, and with God.
I am praying that you will find some ordinary time this month and in the months to come.