Can Every Moment Be Holy?
There are a series of books entitled “Every Moment Holy”. They are liturgies and poems by Douglas Kaine McKelvey. Recently, I purchased one as the title intrigued me. I thought to myself, I’d love to know how every moment can be holy considering the world we live in and the many duties we have to undertake daily.
Glancing through the Table of Contents I was surprised at some of the categories that were listed. There were prayers before feasting with friends, before making home repairs, before recreation, before a meal eaten alone, for the marking of birthdays, for the ritual of the morning coffee just to name a few. I thought how odd to think of praying before some of these things but as I read through the poems and prayers something started to click.
If God is Holy, then everything we invite Him into becomes Holy. Everywhere His presence is, His Holiness is. If I look to Him and acknowledge Him before my morning coffee, that moment can become a Holy moment for me. Before I fix something in my home, I can look to Him and that moment becomes Holy. The same would apply to all the categories of life’s daily moments.
The concept was new and different, but I decided to try it. I was pleasantly surprised at how these ordinary moments felt a little bit more special – and dare I say Holy. I have always tried to practice God’s presence while doing dishes, laundry and other mundane tasks. This was bringing it to another level. Feeling the awe of a Holy God in the ordinary, the simple, the average everyday taken for granted minutes of my day, now became a more present and holy moment for me. I can’t explain it, but I invite you to try it and see what the Holiness of God’s presence can bring to your day.
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about praying, or about reading prayers or doing rituals before brushing your teeth. I’m talking about being present and just acknowledging God in that moment. Simple and momentary. Every time I have done this so far, I hear in my heart, every moment holy and it lifts me, it comforts me, it brings me joy. Why do this you may wonder. Fanatical you may be thinking. I would answer that I enjoy God’s presence. If you enjoy something you simply do it more often. God wants us to experience Him not just hear about Him, read about Him or visit Him on Sundays and Holidays. That’s why He created us. It was for connection with Himself.
Again, I invite you to try this and let me know if your ordinary moments become Holy as well. I’d love to hear from you.