Daily Step – What will make today a holy place for you?


Is it just me or did April disappear very fast?

It’s already well into May. Today would have been our seniors last school day and Sunday is Mother’s Day…

Just like that, it seems, whole months have disappeared.

And today I’m sitting wondering what I missed as it all sped by.

Sometimes, if we aren’t careful, we can miss the sacredness of a single day. We can miss the blessings it has to offer because we are looking towards something greater on the other side.

Longing for normalcy and a sense of the ordinary back – we can miss the holiness of today.⠀

In John O’Donohue’s book To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, he reminds me not to miss out on today. Here is his beautiful reminder of its sacredness:

“No one knew the name of this day;
Born quietly from deepest night,
It hid its face in light,
Demanded nothing for itself,
Opened out to offer each of us
A field of brightness that traveled ahead, Providing in time, ground to hold our footsteps And the light of thought to show the way.

The mind of the day draws no attention;
It dwells within the silence with elegance⠀
To create a space for all our words,
Drawing us to listen inward and outward.
We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.”

It’s finally Friday and a weekend of no e-learning lies just ahead. My prayer this morning is for all of us to find some treasure in today before the light fades and it disappears.

What will make today a holy place for you?

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