I AM COMING to appreciate that patterns, in art and in life, do not always have to do with dullness, with tedium or boredom. I have a temperament that resists stultifying sameness: I need a life in which no two days are quite alike. Yet I also need an underlying sense of order … a conscious continuity that holds my days together. In the midst of change and unpredictability, I need routines and practices that help me find my grounding and my way.
May you find and follow
the rhythms that bring life.
May you let go of the patterns
that confine and constrain.
May your turning and returning
trace pathways of peace,
and each step you take
make a life-giving way.
- Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women
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What patterns do you notice in your life? Which ones serve you well? What habits, rhythms, and ways of being do you struggle with? Share your thoughts.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Psalm 34:22, NRSV
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