Read Dean Sue's Reflection for Thursday, July 30th.
I am writing this blog on Saturday 25 July having just walked down to the water front. This is the first time in four months that I have done my 10,000 steps outside my usual time slot of around 7.30 in the morning. I walked to the Albert Dock to see how many visitors were around.
The picture shows just how many people were around at 12.30 on a Saturday afternoon. Not many!!!
At the moment I am feeling very discombobulated. Discombobulate is a fun and fancy word for confused. I was talking with someone after morning prayer today about the fact that I feel as if we have lost the rhythm of the year and this is confusing or discombobulating. The weather feels like the mid to end of September, there are not many tourists around and it does not feel like holiday time because we have not had the end of a school year in the way we normally would. I think summer was in April and May and visitors are taking things slowly all making one feel discombobulated.
I like routine, and I like the rhythm of the year. There is something about rhythm that keeps us connected to the here and now. I know that as a rule I would have been looking forward to my annual visit to America to the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, but this is not to be. Instead I have a staycation. Just as good, but its not my normal routine.
So how do we keep rhythm in our lives? How do we in this ‘new Normal’ stay rooted in life? How do we live in such unsettling and confusing times?
For me the rhythm of daily worship keeps me rooted and gives me a rhythm to my day and to my life. To be able to once again pray Morning and Evening Prayer with my colleagues in the Cathedral allows me a touch of normality. It allows me to think about the God who knows and loves me and loves you. Regular daily prayer keeps me rooted and gives me rhythm.
The move back into the main space for Sunday Worship and mid-day Eucharist roots me in the liturgical year. Leading Eucharistic worship allows me and us to celebrate the Saints of old and it allows us to follow the stories of Jesus. It roots us in the familiar stories and patterns of worship.
Rhythm and routine makes sense of our lives. They help root us in the here and now.
I wonder what you see as your rhythms and routines? You know those things that root you and don’t make you feel discombobulated.
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