Here we are in 2021 and I don’t know about you, but it feels a lot like 2020. We are all still gathering virtually. We are waiting for the freedom that we anticipate will come from a vaccine. But there are so many unanswered questions about the vaccine. When we will get it? What happens when we do; will we be free do move about? Will it be effective on the new strains? Of course there is all of the election drama that filled our days at the end of 2020. The drama actually heightened in the early days of this new year and we approach next week and the inauguration with trepidation and more than a little fear.
I talked about it today on Lunch Break Devotional on Facebook. God does not call us to live in fear or worry or trepidation. God calls us to find the “unforced rhythm of grace.” From the Message translation of Matthew 11:28-30.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
In a blog from three years ago (Lent in 2018), I talked about how odd this word “rhythm” seems at first look. What could this “unforced rhythm” be all about? Can it be about finding the “beat” ..that steady of beat of our lives, that is the grace and love of God. It beats with our hearts in sync, in good times and bad. It brings us peace and comfort amid the chaos. Take a deep breat the find the beat, the steady, unforced rhythm of God’s grace and love.
We’ll continue to explore this idea in the days to come. Take care; stay safe.
Grace and Peace,