Meditation written by Cathy Tamsberg.
Read by Colleen Farris.
Today you will have many things to focus on. It’s Monday and the start of a new week of work or school for many. Even for those who are retired or otherwise at home, Monday can be a busy day. Corinne Ware reminds us that we do not live by the sun but by the clock these days. Unlike us, the monastics of old organized their days around the Prayers of the Hours, got up with the sun, went to bed with the sun, and fit everything else they did into this schedule.
Yet even in our 21st century technological age, we can recognize that all of life is Holy and find ways to live a sacramental life. Augustine described sacraments as “visible forms of invisible graces.” We Baptists don’t use the term sacrament, probably to our detriment. We call baptism and the Lord’s Supper (or communion) “ordinances” because Jesus directed his followers to practice them—and because early Baptists ran as far away from Catholic practice as possible.
But there is something meaningful in the word sacrament, from the Latin “to consecrate” or make sacred. Regardless of one’s leanings toward official church sacraments or ordinances, everything can be a sacrament. In Genesis 1:31, when creation was finished, God called it all “good.” But it requires intention and discipline to bring a sacramental lens to everyday life, which means we have to work at seeing the Holy, the “God-likeness,” the goodness in everything.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.