“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
An experience that I have had since we started navigating these pandemic days back in March is needing to be intentional about thinking about what day of the week it is. Maybe you are experiencing something similar.
I heard something last week that made me laugh, but I also thought it was very true. Someone had written, “Remember when you were little and all your underwear had the days of the week on them. Those would be helpful right now!”
Since our rhythms of life have been disrupted and continue to be filled with uncertainty and no real means of finding a consistent rhythm or schedule, remembering what day it is takes thought. The weekends don’t really feel like weekends. Without our regular weekend worship, I have felt disorientated on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Maybe you had regular days you did the grocery shopping or laundry and now all that seems off any consistent schedule. Or, maybe you looked forward to attending the Concerts on the Square in Madison on Wednesday nights in the summer, or Saturday mornings leisurely strolling around the Farmer’s Market on the Square.
Daily rhythms of life have changed with no real end in sight. What hasn’t changed, even in this pandemic, is God’s presence through Jesus the Christ, which Scripture reminds us is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”
There was a song made popular from the 1971 musical, Godspell, called Day by Day. The words of the refrain followed a prayer from the 13th century that said, “Day by day, O Dear Lord three things I pray. To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”
I invite us even in the midst of needing to think about what day of the week it is, to remember God’s presence with us and to pray to see God more clearly, love God more dearly, and follow God more nearly. May we allow this to be our day by day prayer.