So my little girl is turning 5 this week. I know I joke about them taking forever to grow up, but I have to admit that it’s hard to believe that she’s going to be 5. Maybe it’s because she is still so small and her grammar is still horrible. But, the fact remains, she’s going to be the big 4+1 in a couple days, and quite honestly she has not let us forget it.
Like, every single day she is saying that it is her birthday soon and she’s going to be 5. I once said, “no you’ll be 4” as a joke, and man alive did she let me have it. There was no way at all that she was going to let anyone bring her down (corny dad jokes or not). The joy and pride this girl has about her age at this point is cute though, like it’s the greatest thing that has happened to her. Well, let’s give it about 35 years and see how she feels about turning a year older…
In a lot of ways we can see Jesus in the great, grand, and powerful. We see Jesus in the actual miracles in life. We see Jesus in the places that we think we should be able to see him.
But we often forget that Jesus is present also in the mundane. He is present in the day-to-day tasks, he is present in our regular 9-to-5’s, he is present at those times we might not want him to be. He is present in our lavish feasts where we go all out, and he is present in the simple meals that are just enough to get us by. He is present in the big days that give us joy, and he is present in the days that just seem to start and end without any consequence.
One of my favourite quotes from Jesus is how he promises to be wherever 2 or more are gathered in his name (Matthew 18:20), because I can see Jesus’s love, grace, and mercy present in our relationships, in our communities, in the totality of our lives reminding us that we are special and that we’ve been given this gift of life in which we can find joy, peace, and love.
Let us live this life that we’ve been given to the fullness that it is meant to live! For the joy that Christ gives is all around us should we choose to see it, and that joy lifts us up to higher levels of love, community, and relationship. Thanks be to God!
Have a great week, everyone!