Time for Comfort: Facing Our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.” -Genesis 1:14-15

The sky’s the limit!

You can have it all.

Just work harder.

The Western aphorisms around success and hustle culture encourage us to deny any sort of limits. Workaholism, busy-ness and self-sacrifice to the point of ill health are traits that are lauded and rewarded. And yet our human nature is defined by its limits. We spend a third of our lives sleeping! The limitations that come with a body– the need for rest and the physical aging process– are part of how we are created. In ordering the world, God imposed limits. The very creation of the world involved containing the chaos. 

As you bump up against various types of limits in your day today– as the alarm clock blares, stop lights turn red, school hours end, the sun sets, your energy wanes– pause in thanks for finitude. For it is the limits of our human experience that give our lives their deepest meaning. 

Creative Spirit who orders the chaos, may I find rest, peace and joy in the limits of my life. 

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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

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