i’ve mentioned kathleen norris before, but can i just say again that I LOVE HER! she always seems to give voice to things i can not and i’ve found her to be a great friend these last several months.
the sermon at christ church on sunday was about finding god in the ordinary – something kathleen norris loves to write about. it is the main subject in her book the quotidian mysteries: laundry, liturgy and women’s work. i find great hope when the things i’ve been thinking about intersect with something like a sermon or a conversation with a friend. it helps me believe that god in fact does try to speak to us, and the more we engage with him and one another, the more we will know him.
kathleen says that “dailiness can lead to such despair but also be at the core of our salvation.” it is in the everyday that we must eat and drink and remember that it is god who makes even those simple things possible – from our very ability to do it, to our acquisition of those physical things which sustain us. every day we make clean what is dirty, cook, care for those around us, yada yada yada. and god is in all of that. he is in us.
kathleen quotes st. ignatius who says, “God is so great that all things give him glory if we mean they should.” amen to that! what hope and promise in that truth. hmmm…with truth like that, and a beautiful day, i might just have to admit that i’m encouraged. and tomorrow, i will have to be filled up again, and the next day, and the next, yada yada yada…