Do you like routines? I don’t like the thought of being a slave to the same old same old, but there is something comforting about knowing what will happen and when it will happen.
Sunday comes around week after week, for example, and we know there will be opportunities to gather in community, worship God, and connect with friends in faith.
And all of us have other routines, too. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, year round, I’m supposed to post a blog, whether I have anything meaningful to say or not.
On Wednesdays, all the local grocery stores put a flyer in the paper, seeking to draw my business with special prices. I know when to look for them, and generally put off grocery shopping until I have a chance to look them over.
In my neighborhood, Thursday is garbage day, so either Wednesday night or Thursday morning I roll the big can out to the cul de sac, and carry out the recycling bin. These days, I generally have more for the recycling truck than for the garbage guys.
Routines are punctuated by special days, and there are lots of them this time of year, especially on Sundays. We have Palm Sunday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, Pentecost, Father’s Day, and so forth. You may not be aware of one that’s coming up: on May 22 we’re encouraged to observe the “World Sunday for Peace.” That same week, an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation will be held in Kingston, Jamaica (May 17-25).
Lord knows we need to pray for peace in our troubled world, and not just on May 22. That’s the kind of hopeful and earnest prayer we ought to be offering as … shall we say … a matter of routine.