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The ritual of beginning and ending

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2016 by mstevensrev

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Sundays are important to me. My faith tradition has traditionally celebrated the community activity on this day. Much has been written on the shift from Saturday to Sunday and theologians make big deals over whether it is the start or finish of the week and create a narrative on why this is important. For me this is all noise, and limits the important conversation to those that subscribe to a specific creed or calendar.

Sunday for me is both ending and beginning for me. It is a weekly rhythm that provides space in my life for reflection, and time for silence. It gives me a break, a well needed and often well deserved break. And I am grateful for it without explanation or desire to drop it into an unnecessary category for explanation. I’m curious as to how others end and begin their life rhythm.

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
-Thomas Merton

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