As we swirl through Thanksgiving week, it is hard to find a sustainable rhythm. The flurry of activities have begun and it is difficult not to feel like another snowflake in the storm (albeit, a pretty fun storm) that will last for weeks to come.
Yet, if I stop and sit for just a moment—if I choose to be with the one who sustains me in the busy—then I will find rest. Then I will find centering, joy and wisdom to decide what is the good—the point of all the activities and food and gifts—and how to lead my family to a beautific vision of that good—a sustainable rhythm by the one who sustains me.
Recognizing the Bad to find the Good
To find the good we must first recognize the bad—the filth, the brokenness, and the hurt. For if we don’t recognize this, then we will never see our need to find the ultimate good—who is, Jesus Christ. The bad and brokenness I must see is first in myself. For I am filthy, broken, and hurting. I am in need of healing. I am in need of a Savior.
Yet, there is one who has come as a sweet cleansing and balm for my filth and brokenness and hurt. In his mercy, Jesus Christ took on flesh to save me, a sinner. Jesus Christ came and gave His life for us, his sinful people. He came to redeem and restore what was broken. And he has invited us into that redemption story—to be a people who worship, and love, and restore.
Yet, in the swirling of the storm, it is easy to get lost in the tasks, in the chores, in the work—even in the fun. It is easy to be sustained by our own hands and forget the one who formed them.
Centering Ourselves on the Good
Before we can create a sustainable rhythm that brings about worship and love and restoration for our family and our homes during the holiday season, we must first center ourselves on the one who established rhythms and order at the beginning of time. We must first recognize why we need a savior and thank him for the incredible gift of forgiveness and life.
So this day, Let’s take a few moments to sit with the Savior—to talk to our creator. Let’s take time to thank him for this reality: though we were once far from God, Christ’s blood has brought us near (Eph. 2:13). If there is nothing else to be thankful for this season, we have this for which we can praise our maker.
King David penned Psalm 51 in anguish after he committed heinous sins: cheating, lying, manipulating, and murder. Yet when he realized his sins and brought them to his creator, he found forgiveness. This season, we must all acknowledge that we are sinners—rebels against God’s good ways. We cannot measure up to God’s standard. But we can praise our Savior and thank him for the ultimate gift—Christ redeems and forgives us! We have access to our Savior who empowers us to live the good life in the footsteps of our Savior.
Sitting with God before finding our Sustainable Rhythm
Take time this day to stop what you are doing and sit with God. Make David’s prayer your own. For when we acknowledge our sin and see our desperate need for a Savior, we can appropriately respond and worship the one who has forgiven us. We can worship in gratitude and hope. And then, in confidence, we can sit at His feet to discern the good and healthy and holy rhythms he has for our families this season. Rhythms that no longer toss us about in the flurry of the storm, but allow us to be sustained by the one who calms our storms-a truly sustainable rhythm of life.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins,, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.