Life has its’ rhythms, that recurring pattern of repeated action. Sunrise, sunset; springtime and harvest, and the seasons of the year.  Within ourselves there’s the rhythm of the heartbeat and the pattern of inhalation and exhalation, the rhythm of our breathing. We live by rhythm and that rhythm keeps us alive.

We live by rhythm in our daily routine.  We wake, we sleep.  We arise in the morning, occupy our time with work, leisure and the responsibilities of the day and take our rest at night.  And in all that we have set meal times.  Those rhythms give shape to our days and shape to our lives.

‘Wellbeing’ is very much in the news and on the agenda in health, stress management and education.  In Hebrew tradition that is the meaning of the word ‘Shalom’.  It is translated in English as ‘peace’ but is more to do with wellbeing and wholeness of life.  The wellbeing movement encourages us to find moments to rest and reflect, instilling in us a new rhythm that we can live by.

One of my favourite Bible verses reads:  “Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”  Words of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel as we read them in a version of the Bible called The Message.   Here we are invited into a rhythm of life that produces ‘shalom’, ‘wellbeing’. 

May you move in the rhythms of grace.


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