A cure for the common life

By Dave Henning / November 20, 2014

“[But God] immense in mercy and with an incredible love . . . embraced us.  He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.  He did this all on his own, with no help from us.”- Ephesians 2:45 (The Message)

In Chapter 13 of Next Door Savior, author Max Lucado observes that most of us awoke today to a common day.  Nothing particularly  extraordinary about it.  We often feel unproductive and insignificant.  As Pastor Lucado notes, we can take our cue from Jesus.  Jesus listened to His common life.  God can speak to us through the everyday routines of our lives.  Frederic Buechner once wrote about God’s presence in the commonplace events of life, offering a cure for the common life:

“There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly,, always leaving you room to recognize him or not recognize him. . . . See [your life] for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and the pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, and smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Today’s question: How has God revealed His presence in the commonplace events of your desert, transitional journey?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The wilderness of the soul”


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