A blessing for if you happen to be having an ordinary day - Kate Bowler

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A blessing for if you happen to be having an ordinary day

Lord, here I am.

How strange it is, that some days feel like hurricanes
and others like glassy seas
and others like nothing much at all.

Today is a cosmic shrug.

My day planner says,
rather conveniently,
that I will not need you,
cry for you, reach for you.

Ordinarily, I might not think of you at all.

Except, if you don’t mind,
let me notice you.

Show up in the small necessities and everyday graces.

God, be bread.
Be water.
Be laundry.

Be the coffee cup in my hands
and the reason to calm down in traffic.

Be the gentler tone in my insistence today
that people pick up after themselves for once.

Be the reason I feel loved
when I catch my own reflection
or feel my own self-loathing
fluttering in my stomach.

Calm my mind,
lift my spirit,
make this dumb, ordinary day
my prayer of thanks.

“Earth is so thick with divine possibility
that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere
without cracking our shins on altars.”
—Barbara Brown Taylor

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Kathy L.
7 months ago

Whether today is ordinary or extra, this is a great reminder to look for the Divine in the Everyday: right now as I sip my coffee! Blessings to you, Kate!

Suzanne Crawford
6 months ago

This makes me chuckle….when do I NOT need or want you! Thank you! May your day be filled with blessings…even when one does not recognize the blessing as a blessing.

Susan Gigliotti Innocenzi
6 months ago

Yesterday was a day I hoped would fly by fast; I had to ride on a super duper commercial jet. After the dreaded take-off for which I prayed for all aboard to be safe, I glanced out the window to see a beautiful blue sky. That’s two blessings in one minute! I thanked God for God’s constant presence. God is here right now. I Hope I don’t forget.

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