The Spirituality of the Ordinary

I am giving a presentation on spirituality in daily life at my new home church this Sunday.  I’ve entitled the presentation something like: "From Holy Communion to highway congestion to household chores: experiencing God Sunday and everyday."  I wish I could say that I knew what I was going to say . . .

Here are some thoughts.  It seems to me that the spirituality of Sunday is pretty obvious.  God’s triune presence is clear in the sacraments, the Word proclaimed, the prayers, the fellowship.  We gather in a church building under a large cross, we sing hymns and read the Scripture – it’s a bluntly religious experience.

But what about the rest of the week?  Of course there are obvious spiritual practices that sustain and nurture faith at any time – Bible study, prayer, meditation, service, giving to the church or the poor, etc..  But I really want to articulate a spirituality of vocation – a spirituality of doing those things that God has given us to do in daily life.  Isn’t there a spirituality inherent in going to the cubicle every day (Dilbert imagery notwithstanding), in doing the job we have and doing it well, in fulfilling the vocation of employee, parent, sibling, child, student?  These are God-given duties, God-given roles we play in our family, our society, our world.  And isn’t there a spiritual, a religious component to living these vocations in full and faithful ways?

God isn’t just in the escape – the Sunday escape, the escape to Scripture, the escape to a quiet retreat or quiet moment of meditation.  God is active and present in our workplaces, our families, in the less-than-glamorous places of our lives.  How then do we claim these parts of our lives as spiritual, God-given, fullfilling to the life of faith?  What does it take for a believer to see, experience, live their (so-called) ordinary calling as blessed and beloved by God?

Any help you can lend would be great . . .  Peace to you!

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