The Divine in the Ordinary

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A child in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. His mother and father, obviously poor, huddled around, the stench of animals also hanging around.

If I was to walk by this scene, what would I do? Hold my nose and keep walking? Offer the parents a couple of bucks?

Would I have the eyes to see the divine in the mundane? Would I have stopped to worship in awe and wonder? Would my heart recognize my Lord and Savior?

Would I have realized that this humble family is my role model? Would I want them to be, just upon a glimpse? The divine, though almost unapparent, is present to the eyes of faith and a heart of love. The divine is present every day.

The divine is present in the child who needs my help, the husband who needs some of my time with him alone, a teen who needs some compassionate guidance and a family living together and trying to love one another. The divine is present in the homeless man holding a sign on the street corner, the addict fighting his addiction, the unwed mother raising her child alone. The divine is present in a small, white piece of unleavened bread.

The divine can be present if we just believe and pray. Then our minds will be set on what’s above. When we return to our everyday work, we can see things differently.

We will see St. Joseph in our husbands working hard day in and day out to provide for the family. We will see Jesus in the helpless baby that craves our warm touch and comfort; in the toddler who needs help dressing; in the child eager to explore the beautiful world around him; in the teen who temporarily gets a little lost.

Jesus is present in the child who desires to help mom do something. Moreover, we will recognize in the simple, little object that a child makes out of love all the beauty of God’s creation.

If we want to be the image of the Holy Family, we must see the divine in the mundane, ordinary things of life.

In what ordinary, everyday thing or person do you see the divine?

Copyright 2014 Kelly Guest

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At the age of 20, Kelly entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN, receiving the name Sr. Anne Joachim. For five years, she lived and studied religious life. She also completed her secular education while a sister, earning a BA degree in History with a minor in Spanish and a secondary education certification from Belmont University. Sr. Anne Joachim taught eighth grade at St. Rose Academy in Birmingham, AL and fifth grade at St. Henry's School in Nashville. Upon the completion of her temporary vows, she decided to come back home to Maryland, where she met, fell in love with, and, three years later, married the man of her dreams. Kelly and her husband Paul are the proud parents of ten children, one of whom is already in heaven. Along with mothering and homeschooling until high school their nine children, Kelly has been the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima in Baltimore and is currently the youth minister at her home parish, St. Bartholomew Church, Manchester, MD.

7 Comments

  1. This was so true, and so beautifully written. It was easy to see the divine within the words on my screen- comforting, peaceful, reassuring. Thank you for writing this remarkable piece. Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

  2. This is a very wonderful article, I thought that we would know that this is the Christ because of the bright stars, that were also leading the shepherds, and the wise men, but it is very true that Christ comes in the everyday things of life, we will have to look more closly

    • Indeed, God is still trying to point us to Him even today. Many did not notice the star, did they? Yikes! God bless you.

  3. Kelly,
    What a thought-provoking post. So many times we think of God as somewhere far above us when He is present in every moment, within those around us, and as close to us as our own breathing.

  4. Kelly,

    I went to an Amy Grant concert and she gave an awesome illustation that the furthest we can push God away is an arms length. He is always close, every day and every moment. We just need to slow down and acknolwlege His prescence. Thanks for the reminder.

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