Sometimes my daily prayers and readings become a routine, a rhythm just like humming and old familiar tune but in doing so I seem to lose its ability to amaze and surprise. It can be the same for church services, chanting the liturgy and superficially singing along. Exactly when did Jesus leave the building? I think this is when I stopped having the conversation with him and instead just read about him- his past activity. It’s almost like I stopped needing to hear him live and was content with playing the CDs. Let’s get him back off our i-Pods and MP3 players and back into our hearts reflecting a on the true rhythm of life- which can surprise, challenge and amaze us.
Tony Miles put this well in his book Maybe Today. Tony writes:
Lord, don’t let the rhythm of life rock me into a slumber. Rather, keep me conscious of Your purpose and glory….
God of miracles and wonders,
Shatter our complacency;
Challenge our apathy;
Feed our spiritual curiosity;
Until our restless souls
Find peace in your grace and mercy.
This we pray, in the name of our Saviour, Jesus,
Who came that we might find spiritual freedom
And everlasting life. Amen.
Check out Rob Bell’s Nooma film Rhythm