Tish Harrison Warren wrote, “We are shaped every day, whether we know it or not, by practices—rituals and liturgies that make us who we are”
I dream of my rituals and practices being extraordinary, exciting,
However, my daily practices and rituals consist of taking my daughter to school, stopping by the cleaners, feeding the dog, folding clothes, doing the dishes, calling a friend… and wondering where God is in all of the boring, daily duties of one’s day.
“A sign hangs on the wall in a New Monastic Christian community house: Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes” I sense that God desires to teach us how to “wash the dishes
- Car rides to and from practice become holy moments where a child and parent are able to connect in daily conversations that express unconditional love
- Feeding the dog reminds us that just as our pets are dependent on us for nourishment, we are dependent on God to nourish our soul and body.
- Folding clothes resembles order in our chaotic closets which then reminds us that God has order and is still in control of this world no matter what the circumstances.
- Our interactions with the Grocery Store cashier allow us an opportunity to connect in face to face conversation with an individual created in the image of God rather than settle interaction that is done through text, email, and other social media.
So yes, daily routines are monotonous, ordinary, and
Tish Harrison Warren, “Liturgy of the Ordinary”, Downers Grove, IVP Books, 2016, 29.