G. K. Chesterton, in his book Orthodoxy, talks about repetition of events in Creation as a theatrical encore. “God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon’” because God never tires of making new days! And to remember that each day is a creation willed uniquely by God gives it a whole new quality of preciousness. God chose this day and gave it to us! And what wonderful things it may hold! This is a good thing to remember in any life, including as a MissionCorps. Days may be long, and we may be tempted to just wish them over and done with, but the present day is all we ever have, and extraordinary things happen on ordinary days. I may go on an intake with a woman who will become my new and most challenging contact mom, or a beautiful baby may enter the world, or a mom may move in and her life and ours may change forever. Life at Maggie’s Place has many such exciting and eventful days. Or maybe I’ll be on duty, do my chore, drive a mom somewhere and knock some things off my to-do list, be super busy and get worn out. But that day is still a gift, and if we look, there are many moments that enhance the gift. A blue sky, a baby’s smiling face, these alone can make one thankful to be alive. And at Maggie’s Place we are often blessed with both! It has been good to be reminded to be thankful in the midst of each day, whether it contains the difficult or the wonderful or, most often, a mix of both! Let us join the psalmist and say “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” and spread the joy of simply being alive.
By Lily Key, a MissionCorps member