Daily Worship

Rhythm of life

Fiona Reynolds January 07, 2018 0 0
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Genesis 1: 1-5

1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

…and there was evening and there was morning…

…and there was evening and there was morning…

In the week between Christmas and New Year, many of us can lose track of what day it is.  Days roll into one another in a haze of sleep, television, food and fun with family and friends.  Yet we do tend to know when we’ve completed a day, even if we can’t quite remember which day it is. The sun sets. We retire to bed. Day: complete.  

For some people, this day-to-day rhythm of knowing a day is complete, whilst not quite knowing the day of the week, is an ongoing reality. Whether they are in prison or hospital, serving on military operations or out at sea, the passage of time becomes a daily rhythm rather than weekly, monthly, or even yearly. There is an immediacy and intimacy in this type of living which can lead us into the heart of a God outwith time, who invites us to live into creation as it really is: here and now.


Creator of time and space,

We rejoice in the pulsing rhythms of life:

evening and morning

sleep and wakefulness

sunset and sunrise;

In each cycle,

Enable us to flow with your Spirit

rather than struggle against Her,

So we may join with the powerful beat of life—

strong within us,

resounding throughout the universe—

as it is right now, Amen.