I just read an entry on the Huffington Post by Glennon Melton (please read this link before posting attacks about the author, because I will, unusually, delete comments on this post), who blogs on her own site, Momastery.
I love her use of theological language to talk about the experience of parenting, and I also think it’s relevant to my experiences of liturgy. Last semester in one of my classes we discussed the fact that liturgical discipline includes worshiping when we’re not worshipful, in hope that (to use Glennon’s words) kairos will explode out of our ordinary experience of chronos. When it does, whether in the grocery store or the sanctuary, grace is there.
I also like her reminder that contributing to the (often significant, but invisible, and thus not known to you as an observer) guilt of mothers and of churchgoers does not deepen their relationship with their children or with God. Let us be gentle towards one another.
Do you parent, or do you attend church, seeking kairos? What do you do when you show up, but (to your knowledge) it doesn’t?