Speaking of the rhythms of grace

August 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

“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.”

Matthew 11:28-30 [The Message]

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“God before and God behind,
God for us and God for Your own self,
Maker of heaven and earth,
creator of sea and sky,
governor of day and night.

We give thanks for Your ordered gift of life to us,
for the rhythms that reassure,
for the equilibriums that sustain,
for the reliabilities that curb our anxieties.

We treasure from You,
days to work and nights to rest.
We cherish from You,
days to control and nights to yield.
We savor from You,
days to plan and nights to dream.

Be our day and our night,
our heaven and our earth
our sea and our sky,
and in the end our true home. Amen.”
Walter Brueggemann

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If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on My holy day,

if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,

and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 58:13-14

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