Finding wonder in the ordinary

Now that we have crossed the threshold of Candlemas in the church’s pilgrimage through the Christian year, we have arrived in the green of the Ordinary Season. This is Ordinary Season (part 1) because it resumes after the long stretch of Lent, Holy Week and all the weeks after Easter. 

Nature is already working in our church garden.

Being in the ordinary is no bad thing, in fact this ordinariness is the stuff of discipline, vigilance, developing a sacred pattern in the humdrum of life itself. When we look closer at the ordinary we find wonderful things, God-given gifts. Even the colour green of the season gives us a clue about the workings of nature at this time of year. We have already been given the gift of snowdrops and crocuses and budding trees. A whole lot more creative work is being done in the unseen places of the soil, bushes and trees. 

Perhaps we should take this creative process for our sacred learning – to be aware of the growth which is taking place deep, unseen within us, the growth of the Holy Spirit which is waiting to ignite from a creative spark. What might be this spark, what could bring it about? My prayer is that you will discover that spark now in the ordinary where God dwells eternally.

Thor, waiting for the spark. Has it already happened?

I hope to see you at St Michael’s tomorrow. Make sure you wear weatherproof clothing, Storm Ciara is about to blow!

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Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.