A couple of years back in wrote a piece on rituals highlighting the practices we cling to because let's face it we love routines. Regardless of the many complaints of its "mundane-ness" of its expectant behaviors, routines give us the comfort of familiarity.
Routines give us the platform to complain about the simple things in life such as going home daily to the same family under the same roof. Better yet, routine helps you complain on going to the same office to deal with the same people we don't truly care for. We call those routines because they are our daily practices that if need be, we could perform with our eyes closed.
Rituals add flavor to your routine in that often they are performed at a select time such as birthdays, funerals, anniversaries, graduations; occasions that allow you to take a break from the norm and be intentional on that present moment either in joy or sorrow. Rituals are the space where we collectively gather to be on one accord. It's the intersection of compassion and creativity. The meeting place of homage and humility.
Faith too, is also a ritual! It is a practice of learning to apply compassion to situations that appear lifeless. It is also learning how to break away from routines that stagnate growth. It is the ritual of becoming comfortable with change. Faith is that space where you grasp the concept of using your innate power instead of using people to achieve outcomes.
There is a difference of God bringing people in your life to work His things out rather than one acting like they are God and maneuvering people like chess pieces. I've been privy to both experiences. And, I'm eternally grateful for the friends who pushed me to step out of my comfort zone instead of babysitting my fears. Those are the people God "used" to break me away from the routines and ways that weren't fruitful. They were the ones who forced me to stop preaching on faith and start acting on faith. As far as being maneuvered, it was a lesson of worth; people can't use empty vessels.
Sooooo, don't let any rituals or routines bring you to a place of self-righteousness that you rule out the very essence of Faith which is being open to the possibilities👠👠