This is from today’s Aidan reading in Celtic Daily Prayer – In Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne, Owl is instructing Pooh Bear to follow the customary procedure:
“What does Crustimoney Proseedcake mean?’ said Pooh. “For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.” “It means the Thing to Do.” (Owl) “As long as it means that, I don’t mind”, said Pooh humbly.
I wish I sometimes didn’t mind the thing to do. Often we fight against the right thing to do, the customary procedure and find ourselves not where we wish we could be. I think life works best with a kind of rythymn. A set procedures brings order to a rather disorderly world. We can use intentional practices to build in formation of our life around the values and principles that we desire for it to be about. Friday night house church is one of those ryhymns in my life. When I am driving home from work on Friday evening, I am driving to a gathering of spiritual community in my home. There will be laughter, sometimes tears, instruction from the ancient Scriptures, stories told, life shared, meals passed, communion taken, worship given and fellowship until we just can’t take anymore. It is a part of my customary procedure and I couldn’t live without it. And for the other things, that I have yet found good customary procedure for, in the words of Pooh: “o bother”. peace,Marshall