Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)
After the Day of Pentecost, Christians who follow a liturgical calendar enter the season known as “Ordinary Time,” which lasts until Advent and occupies a significant portion of the Christian calendar. The name seems fitting since no major Christian holidays occur during this season.
When I was young, I thought Ordinary Time sounded boring. After all, we weren’t actively anticipating Christ’s birth at Christmas or focusing on the disciplines of Lent. Ordinary Time felt long, uneventful, and thoroughly unexciting.
Now that I am an adult, Ordinary Time holds for me the comfort of familiarity. It also holds particular promise: God is with us — not just for big events or important celebrations but in the unremarkable moments of each day.
The meditations in this issue describe the comfort and peace, as well as the challenges that come with a deep sense of God’s presence in daily life. The theme, “God with us,” is not new. It is a thread that runs throughout scripture, and it appears in nearly every devotional I read. That God is with us during the extraordinary moments of our lives as well as the mundane and uneventful ones is a message that feels particularly appropriate for the long, unremarkable season of Ordinary Time. The assurance that God is with us today and always is worth hearing again and again, and it may make this season not quite so unremarkable after all.
“Namaste, greetings, and good morning. My name is Sabita, and I am a regular reader of Mathillo Kotha, the Nepali edition of The Upper Room. I have been reading the devotional for two-three years, and it has helped me very much to grow in my faith. It has also helped my family to gather in one place and to fellowship.” Give to the International Editions of The Upper Room, and make a global impact.