It is the eve of St. Mary’s annual celebration of the Feast of St. Mary. For fourteen days, we’ve prayed daily for God’s presence in the lives of each member of our parish family. Tomorrow, as we come together for worship and fellowship, we begin to listen for another year of God’s yeses. And God’s noes.
Today is the day before everything changes.
After over sixty years of walking with God, I am keenly aware of how quickly things can change. In small and not so small ways. It is thought-provoking to think about where we are one moment, and then it seems as if one thing happens, and everything changes.
One minute you are pregnant. The next minute you are holding your baby in your arms.
One minute you are driving to work singing along with the radio. The next minute you are changing a tire beside the road.
One minute the power is on, the next moment a fire hits the local power plant, and you are without electricity for eight hours.
One minute you have a bowl of milk, honey, and melted butter, then you add yeast, and the next minute there’s a bubbly mixture ready to leaven bread.
The truth is, we know that it is not only one minute of passing time for changes to occur. All of those one minutes are actually a myriad of minutes involving an assortment of people and actions. It can feel like like a snap of time, and everything changes, but we know that each change is the result of layers of choices and decisions.
Each minute is a moment of change, an opportunity for change, based on a trove of factors.
Today, take a moment to pray. It will take less than a minute. And, yes, everything will change.
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family.
Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.
Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen