One Wednesday morning, my spouse and I were sitting at the kitchen table just like we do almost every morning. He was eating his breakfast and reading the headlines in the news and I was enjoying a warm cup of coffee. We had a few moments of small talk, nothing of real importance. As I took a sip of my coffee, I happened to look out the window and noticed the beautiful sky. The colors were so vibrant, I was completely taken in.
I often gaze out the window as I drink my coffee and my spouse eats his breakfast. Sometimes I watch the birds at our bird feeders, other times I watch the squirrels chase each other up and down the trees. This morning felt different than other mornings. It was as if time stood still for a moment as I enjoy God’s beautifully painted sky, filled with vibrant reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, and blues. I was in awe!
As I sat there in awe, I thought about Thanksgiving and Advent and the changing seasons. I gave God thanks for the many blessings in my life; my family and friends, my church family, and my call to serve here at St. Mark Lutheran Church, and I thanked God for the ordinary moments in life. Those ordinary moments are sacred moments.
As we enter the season of Advent, I am reminded that this is a season of waiting. As the first Sunday of Advent devotional says, “The coming of our Savior takes time because salvation takes time. God does not snap God’s fingers or push a button in order to save us. God sends God’s Son to be with us and love us. Salvation is a relationship. This takes time. This is worth waiting for.” (pg. 3 The Fullness of Time)
As we wait for the coming of Jesus, I invite you to enjoy those ordinary but sacred simple moments. Let yourself be taken in by the beauty of those moments. There is beauty in a warm cup of coffee and watching the birds. There is beauty in sitting at the table with your spouse. I pray that you find God in those ordinary beautiful moments.
God’s peace and love to you all,
Pastor Katrina Steingraeber