The Sacred and the Ordinary

The Sacred and the Ordinary

January 13

Read: MARK 1:4-11

As a hospice chaplain, I know that the moments I have with our patients and their families can be holy experiences. The messiness of life and our aging bodies can feel so commonplace, dare I say awkward, to talk about. Yet as I place myself in real and common spaces, I find God working. I walk into people’s homes and rooms not knowing what my time with them will look like. Sometimes we have conversations, and sometimes we sit in silence. Sometimes laughter occurs and sometimes tears flow. Every visit I make is a chance to join God in the work God is doing.

In John’s obedience through the act of baptizing Jesus, God is made known. Will we have the courage to faithfully respond like John? Let us do the simple things Jesus requests of us as vessels to demonstrate the kingdom of God here on earth.

God, thank you for providing holy moments. May I faithfully join you in the work of your kingdom. AMEN.

About the Author

Meghan Bruggeman | I am a wife to Danny and a mom to my five-year-old son, Micah. I serve as associate pastor of spiritual formation at Renew Covenant Church in Carroll, Iowa. I also work as a hospice chaplain in my community. I have a certificate in spiritual direction from the John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction at North Park Theological Seminary. I am an alum of North Park University and am originally from the Chicagoland area. I love God and the Church, and I am passionate about providing opportunities for people to connect with God and each other. I love music, and you can typically find me playing the drums, guitar, or singing in some capacity. Coffee is my love language and laughing is my favorite. I am honored to have this opportunity to pray and share with you this week.

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