Friday, May 15, 2020

The Rhythm of Love

Grace and peace, dear one.

I was asked to provide the devotions for our District Clergy Meeting this past week and I wanted to share those thoughts with you:

First, take a moment to notice the rhythm of your breath or the rhythm of your heart. Look at the picture below and imagine the rhythm of the waves.



Hear the Word of God from Hebrews 13:8:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

And from poet, Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
​I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
We may be tempted, during the stress of staying home and worrying about coronavirus, since life has changed so dramatically, to worry. But Jesus reminds us in Matthew that "the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin." We don't need to spin in our fear and anxiety. We know the risen Christ. We know the One who is as near as our own breath, as steady as our heartbeat, as relentlessly present as the waves of the sea. We can be confident in the presence and persistence of God's love. We can relax in the soothing rhythm of the promise of eternal life.

​I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.



God bless you.

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen

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