Theme of the Week: Setting Family Rhythms
Bible Verse: “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:19-25
The bucket brigade. You’ve probably seen one in a period movie, or maybe even in a cartoon from your childhood. Before pressure and pumps, firefighters used a system nicknamed the bucket brigade. A line of people passing buckets of water forward up to the fire. For the time it was the most efficient way to get water from the source to the fire. That is, as long as everyone was moving together. When the rhythm of the line was in sync, the buckets moved smoothly and quickly. But all it took is one bobbled handoff and the rhythm was broken; one bucket slip could cause a chain of spills.
Rhythm is important. Keeping a rhythm let’s everything run smoothly. But sometimes the trick is getting a rhythm going in the first place.
For many of us, Sunday is technically part of the weekend, but we also consider it the first day of the week—the place where the week starts. If we are looking to establish a rhythm for the coming days. Starting in a good place is important.
Since Sunday is the first day, what we do with our Sundays can help us begin a rhythm for the week on a good note. For most of us, Sunday means church, and that is a great place to start your rhythm. That may seem obvious, but it’s easy to come up with reasons not to go to.
The letter to the Hebrews addresses the temptation to quit going to church. Now, to be fair, the Hebrew Christians were facing persecution, and the writer was encouraging them not to give up meeting together even though it may open them up to more persecution.
It’s unlikely that persecution is the top reason (or any real consideration) for any of us not to go to church. But we can still come up with reasons not to go. We can claim to be too busy, or too tired, or that we will just watch online (that’s another conversation). We can even dress it up with mental and emotional health language. And some, or all of that may be true. But if, even in the face of persecution, Hebrew believers were encouraged to continue meeting, how much more might that apply to our own situations?
Meeting together is important. It’s a priority. It helps us hold on to our hope and encourage each other and be encouraged (Hebrews 10:23-24). Can you think of a better way to start the rhythm of your week for you and your family than to be reminded of our hope in Jesus? To take encouragement and energy from people who share your deepest beliefs?
Prayer: Jesus, Thank you for making me part of your family. Thank you that every Sunday is a chance to have a family reunion. Help me to see Sunday not as a task to do or a responsibility to fulfill. Instead, help me to see that meeting with other Christians is a chance to encourage and be encouraged. Help me to see Sunday as setting the rhythm for the week for my family.
Reflection: Commit, one Sunday at a time, to go to church with the view that it sets the tone for your week. What do you need to do to prepare yourself for church ?
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