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Pastor’s Desk

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 2:01 pm

It seems hard to believe that summer is over and it is the time of year where the young people in our community head back into their classrooms where they are met and cared for by our wonderful teachers, administrators and other school staff.

Perhaps you are a parent, who embraces this time of year with open arms as more routine returns to your life, maybe you are a parent who laments this time of year because you enjoy the freedom your children experience or perhaps this time of year makes you no difference whatsoever and your life routine goes uninterrupted. But, regardless of what season of the year we are in or what season of life we are in, we all have created routines for ourselves.

Maybe during the school year your routine is to hit the snooze button in the morning and then rush through your morning to get the kids to school and get yourself to work on time.

Or maybe it’s a cup of coffee and this here paper in your rocking chair. Here is a question about our routine though: what do our routines prepare us for?

Do they prepare us for more chaos all throughout our day?

Do they prepare us for inactivity?

Do they set us up for a lack of peace?

What if instead of bad days, our routines could set us up for better days instead?

Did you know Jesus had a daily routine? Mark 1:35 says this: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

For the full column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.