“But if we more rightly understand that by faith we do not hold truths so much as we are held by Truth, then faith calls us into our experiences and is a way of being present to them, a way of entering into their depths with trust and thanksgiving. Faith calls us not to preclude our experiences but to include them in the Good News. To what does faith call us through reflection on our experiences? Primarily we are called to realize in ourselves the Good News: that God is lovingly present to us here and now. We are called to search out in our ordinary and confusing personal and communal history the truth that we glibly affirm in theory: that God’s life flows into our life.”

– Joseph F. Schmidt, Praying Our Experiences

God’s life is present with yours right now, actually flows into yours as you chew on your fingernails, scramble to work, cast a quick smile over your shoulder, wipe up milk, pack the moving box, wonder where the money will come from, remember you are not a machine, slow down, breathe.

Your experiences are not separate from the good news of God. For — regardless where you find yourself in this moment, this day — it is indeed good news that you are not alone. After all, his name is Emanuel, God with us.

This is every ordinary day miracle.


Joining the Five Minute Friday community today with the prompt ORDINARY.


This is Day 11 of Right Here. Throughout October, I’m joining with a community of other bloggers (over 1,500 strong! with The Nester), writing for 31 days about the same topic. To find all posts in 31 Days of Right Here, click here, or see the listing below.

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An introduction: Welcome to 31 Days of Right Here
Day 1: For You, Too
Day 2: Fear’s Invitation
Day 3: My Portion
Day 4: Five Minute Friday – Write
Day 5: Rise and Shine
Day 6: My Joys Mount As Do the Birds
Day 7: A Mother’s Fierce Love
Day 8: When Life’s A Mad Rush – How To Slow Time
Day 9: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part I)
Day 10: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part II)
Day 11: Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

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