The sun sets, the sun rises, night falls, day begins, the rhythm of life, the cycle of creation. Here we see Jesus at the end of one day and the beginning of another. After sunset, he is surrounded by the whole town who crowd at his door in the darkness. The following morning, before the sun rises, he slips out in silence to find a quiet place to pray. When they awake, his apostles seek him out. We can infer by their greeting that the townspeople have returned that morning in great number for “everyone is looking” for him but he’s eager to move on. He has other places to visit, more people to see. There is momentum to his ministry, he is ready to move on. His life, though, moves to the rhythm of prayer which beats like a drum through everything he does. It is the source of his service, the heart of his life. What’s the rhythm to our life? What makes our ministry alive and real? What gives us momentum? Do we view prayer as an emergency measure or a painful obligation – or is it the tune to which we dance, the beating heart of our life?
God our Father, as I turn to you in prayer, may my time spent with you give momentum to my day and be the beating heart of my life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.