March 27

By Joe Hill
I don’t know about you, but times of change tend to really reveal what I’m made of. When things are normal and predictable, it is easy to feel like life is manageable and under control, but when things are changing- when daily and weekly rhythms are disturbed and I can’t rely on the predictable ebb and flow of each day, week, or month- I lose patience, I get tired, I get anxious and more. Those things start bubbling to the surface. And maybe you can relate.

Rhythms are built in to the very fabric of creation. God models for us a rhythm of work and rest in the creation story of Genesis 1. He writes the Sabbath day-the weekly day of rest- into the 10 Commandments of Exodus 20. In Leviticus 23, God commands periodic times throughout the year when His people would turn attention to who God is and what he has done. In Deuteronomy 16, they are commanded to celebrate some of these feasts with rejoicing (Deut. 16:11) and complete joy (Deut. 16:15): God commanded his people to party! There was a year every 7 years where all debt was cancelled (yes, all of it!), and even the year of Jubilee every 49 years where debts were cancelled, prisoners were freed, those lost and estranged could return to the land of their fathers, and all would live in an abundance of God’s blessing and mercy all year. There are rhythms of the day, week, month, year, and more built into the way that God taught His people to live in the Old Testament. And why all this talk about Sabbaths and Festivals?
Rhythms are important.
And for so many of us now, our rhythms of life for ourselves, our families, and neighborhoods, and our communities have changed in an instance. My encouragement to you and your household would be to spend some time thinking intentionally about the kinds of rhythms that you would like to build into this season of uncertainty. Spend some time with your household today- whether it is just you, you and your roommates, or your family- and consider what kinds of rhythms and norms would be valuable to implement in this season of change. What kinds of practices and habits will best facilitate love for God and love for each other? 

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