Friday, February 18, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Ordinary: Sometimes the indwelling of God unfolds in the ordinary. Moses was working remotely, in mountains in the desert, as far away from it all as you can get, when God said, “take off your shoes, this is holy ground.” Samuel was in bed, asleep as usual, when God said, “Samuel, Samuel,” and Samuel thought it was just his mentor Eli across the hall until finally he said, “Here I am Lord.”

Where are you? Somewhere just as ordinary? Reading this on your phone, just like you do the news, and texts from your family, and emails from your boss? Standing in the hallway? Waiting at the doctor’s office? Sitting at the dinner table?

Here, in this ordinary place where you find yourself, is the presence of God. Here, in this ordinary moment, the Spirit of the Living God draws near. Here, amid all the trappings of this ordinary day, is the possibility of the transcendent, elusive, presence of God incarnate.

Praying the Alphabet:
O God, Our Alpha and Omega,
Beginning and End,
we offer ourselves to you.
Our hearts overflowing,
our ordinary selves open to you.
Let our spirit overlap with yours.
Let our overthinking be otherwise overpowered
by the opportunity of your presence among us.
Open us up, O God.
Amen.