What day is it today? A reflection on timing.

“Today is Thursday.”

My schedule is haphazard. I work at the hospital Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I do other work the other days. That’s why Nancy and I often remind each other of the day.

“Today is December 1.”

Though months are arbitrary, those divisions can help us with planning and preparing and marking time. And today’s reminder is that there may be a lot to do before the end of 2022.

“This is the first week of Advent, with an emphasis on hope.”

That’s a way of marking time that reminds us of where and when we are. We are in a season of preparation and reflection.

“Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

I’ve heard this for years on Sunday mornings. In the church we most often attend now, we are present on Saturday evenings, because I work on Sundays (part of the haphazardness). The pastor starts the service often with “this is the day that the Lord has made”, and every time I think, “But the day is almost over! It’s too late for that!”

Except.

What if that statement is not the creation of obligation, of needing to try harder because it’s a day that we need to measure up to.

Because, at least for some of us, that’s what we hear with that phrase.

What if, by hearing those words as the sun is setting, we are reminded that the day that happened, whatever happened in it, was a day that God had a hand in, a day that God was present in, a day that God made. And we have an invitation to reflect on the day, all the struggles and chaos, all the near-misses and completions, all the conversations that did and didn’t happen, and find the presence of God in difficult and delightful moments.

May you find some grounding and hope in your day.