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Today’s Reflection

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

From page 247 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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.

Today’s Scripture

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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  • Jill October 26, 2012, 3:41 am

    The patterns in my life give me a sense of security – I think. However, this is causing me to think more about this…do the patterns limit me, perhaps even stifle me? Am I too rigid? Will think on these things…prayerfully.

  • heidi October 26, 2012, 5:48 am

    My morning routine of walking, my evening routine of falling asleep while the radio plays classical music– these bring peace, and I do get cranky sometimes, with unanticipated detours like the badly bruised toe that may slow me down. A couple days.

    But the tedium of laundry, the boredom of the ‘must-dos’ that often feel more like ‘I-don’t-wanna-do’ bring comfort only in their completion.

  • Betsy October 26, 2012, 6:20 am

    I also appreciate the routine of my day, getting up to strong coffee, feeding the dog, then spending my devotional time with UR and God. However, I do love the unpredictability of my job teaching children. New issues; drama and excitement everyday! God is present is both.

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