My Sacred Ordinary Days liturgical planner arrived this week. I used the daily planner last year and found the intentional ordering of time helpful in reaching my goals. Using it encouraged me to stay grounded in the word. Anytime I end a week knowing that in all “my running and doing” – I’ve spent even a little time reading the word – not for school or work, but for the care of my soul – well, that was a good week. The calendar helped me explore the rhythms of the liturgical year and connect deeply with the gift of 24 hours.
The only drawback was the size of the book. The daily planner wasn’t easy to carry around. Obviously Jenn Kemper and crew responded to this dilemma with the creation of a weekly planner – a lightweight, compact version of the product I already loved. And … I ordered early enough this time around to get the grey planner. It was already sold out when I ordered last year. Yay!
This year they included a molded and worn wooden cross as a gift. Sized to fit in the palm of your hand, it’s the perfect prayer/meditation object. I’m excited about adding this physical element to my prayer ritual.
Another way I’ve made my time sacred is by intentionally living into it with a life-affirming connection to nature. I’ve told you how special the New York Botanical Garden has been to my family this year. The grounds are every kind of Secret Garden dream come true. Like Mary, I crave a bit of earth. If I can’t get my hands dirty every day, I’ll spend a few Sunday afternoons a month feeling like I do.
This year our cultural membership budget was happily spent on a year of unlimited access to their sprawling gardens. From the Frida Kahlo exhibit to the train show and so many fun days in between, I’d say we got our moneys worth and more. Last weekend we closed out our season pass with a final jaunt through the holiday train show featuring over 150 NYC landmarks crafted out of bark, leaves and other natural materials.
We ended our visit with a stop at the gift shop to buy ornaments for our Christmas tree. Check out my beloved birds and the delicate golden ball.
The week ended with LiChai’s research presentation at the American Museum of Natural History. Every year he and his Lang Science classmates conduct research on a particular topic and share their findings with friends and family at a fun and informal gathering. This year I kept the littles home and made it a day just for us. Sacred time, sometimes looks like carving it out for a special moment with just one of the lovelies.
Yes, he’s taller than me.
Before I go, here’s the good stuff that made it into my newsfeed this week –
Let your handmaiden find grace in your sight … #GiveMeGrace