On the days when I’m feeling particularly stressed, my husband and I like to visit The Office.
We never see Pam, Jim or Dwight, but we’re usually likely to encounter people like Bernard, Anne and Oswald.
A couple years ago someone, I don’t even remember who put a copy of the Northumbria Community’s prayer page in our mitts to learn to pray the office. Though I had grown up with praying liturgical prayers in a Presbyterian church, they were usually recited on Sunday mornings and that was about it. The only other liturgy I prayed was “now I lay me, down to sleep…”
The office is basically a cycle of prayers throughout the day- milemarkers of sorts to stop, breathe and remember that life isn’t nearly as insane as we often think it is. I especially like that it’s online so that it’s easy to access during the day, on a lunch break or right before going to bed. Check it out if you want a cucumber slice to soothe your soul: http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/PraytheOffice/index.html
Here is one of the passages from tonight’s reading of Evening Prayer: “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16
That’s some good stuff right there people. Certainly a good reminder for me tonight that though these ancient prayers prayed by thousands over the years are good for my soul it’s easier for me to stay caught up in daily drama. Ah, choices. Sometimes I think it would be easier to be a robot. meep moop ba-deep. system malfunction. Well, tonight it’s raining, my son is in bed & I could use some rest for my soul and my body. Besides praying The Office it will probably also include hanging with Dave on the couch and watching some season 1 episodes of Chuck.