There are defining moments in our lives.  Moments where we mark the passage of time.  Already with our 3 1/2-year-old, we’ve experienced several landmarks in what we hope will be a lifetime filled with them.  And already, we are wanting to pull up on the reins a bit to slow time’s passing.  Already, it’s barreling down the road at an unbridled pace.

But that’s the burden of parenting, isn’t it?  Wanting so badly for them to become independent and experience all the good that life has for them, and yet wanting it to take 100 years to happen.  Yep, that’d be just about right.

This week I was honored to participate in a defining moment for one of my husband’s drum students.  His parent’s are being extraordinarily intentional about making a wonderfully big deal out of this year’s birthday for him.  They are celebrating his rite of passage into manhood with a week of thoughtful presents and festivities, all befitting a young man.

My commission was to create a visual for his bedroom that would reflect his love for music, rhythm, and his faith.  I used one of my drummer husband’s life scriptures for the cornerstone of the piece, which comes from Matthew 11:28-30:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Now that’s a rite of passage worth making…for all of us!

Rhythms of Grace

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