Fascinatin’ Rhythm…

This is a post from another blog I began and want to get back to: Ancient Stories



From my earliest childhood, I have LOVED rythm. I played the drums in my early life and still remember my father allowing me to play a drum solo in church during a service. I must have been 3 or 4, when I wasn’t as easily embarrassed by doing something in public which I loved but at which I wasn’t very good. Drums just seem very primal to me. Our very life is based on the biological rythms of a living body:

The beating of our heart…

Breathing in…

Breathing out…



I think that is why human beings relate so strongly to music and dance. We feel the rythm deeply and move in response. Rythm is innate to life and our experience of it.

The first 24 verses of Genesis are rythmic in both their succession and process. Like a marching band drumline laying out a cadence beginning with the bass drums and adding successive instruments in an orderly cacophony of sound, motion, and color. Each day takes fundamental elements of the previous day, and builds on them. For me, knowing how the process works or understanding each element isn’t as important as feeling the growing rythmic patterns deep within. That’s the point. I begin to feel the need to dance with the music. It is part of me and I am part of it. That’s not to say I am not a distinct individual, but the rythms of Creation include me in the syncopated jam.

“And God saw that it was good.” vs. 24



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