Ordinary Time

We find ourselves in the last stretch of ordinary time. 

Soon we are moving into Advent: the coming. A season of preparation; a time of anticipation. In advent we mirror the ancient wait for the birth of the Savior, but we also join with all of creation in waiting for the second coming of Christ which will set all things right. 

The concepts of seasons and remembering, of ritual and meaning making, are the foundation for Some Comfort and Joy— our free online devotional resource rooted in an Anabaptist-Mennonite reading of scripture. 

Following the liturgical year, Gwen Lantz and I have written bi-weekly devotionals that offer a comfort (a reflection on scripture) and then later that same week a joy (a specific practice that correlates with the scripture text). 

Most of the (liturgical) church year is considered ordinary time, which is fitting, as this is the way we live most of our lives: in the nitty gritty of the every day. 

Laundry. Dishes. Bedtime and morning. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Repeat. 

But this is the very stuff of discipleship. 

Ordinary time is the foundation of our faith. It is where we steward what we have been given. It’s where we practice what we are learning, maturing and moving towards wholeness. 

Both ordinary time and the sacred season of preparation (Advent and Lent) leading to the high holy days (Christmas and Easter) can be significant in our faith journeys. 

As we move into the holiday season of (American) Thanksgiving and towards Christmas, may you have much comfort and joy, appreciating the lessons and rhythms of the ordinary along with the sparkle and epiphanies of the sacred celebrations.

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