“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
There is a wonderful book written by Wayne Muller entitled “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, And Delight in Our Best Lives”. It is full of ‘heart’ information on how to bring some peace into our lives. In the section entitled “Inner Music”, part of the chapter called “The Rhythm of Creation”, Muller writes that “all life vibrates to this inner music” - the circadian rhythms. As we get older, we say “go with the flow”.
Life is so precious and so short! But life will also pen us in with all the tasks and jobs and rushing about that we can lose our ‘rhythm’ and it seems that life has gone crazy. BUT, maybe the rhythms of life are what Isaiah talks about and what Jesus tells his disciples...”I am here, find me and let my heart beat with yours.” I think the circadian rhythms that all life lives within is the Spirit of God calling us to live life in gratitude.
Muller writes about our continual rushing about...”if we stop [this rushing about ALL the time], if we return to rest, our natural state reasserts itself. Our natural wisdom and balance come to our aid, and we find our way to what is good, necessary, and true. We cannot be permanently entrained away from our natural rhythm...but we can refuse to listen.”
So, living within the grace of God, each of us has to find a time daily, weekly, whatever to seek that rhythm and work, with the help of the Spirit, to listen to it, to celebrate it and to let it reassert itself in our lives.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:18-20
For Presence (by John O’Donohue)
Awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to follow its path.
Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.
May anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
Blessing to you all,