The Daily Office + Part One: Patterns


Thomas McKenzie

The first in a series, the second being Not a Bible Reading Plan.


I’m a big fan of podcasts, especially those that are both informative and entertaining. I like to learn about new things while I’m driving or taking a walk. Recently, I was listening to a podcast about the brain. The scientist being interviewed said that human beings are designed to develop patterns in their lives.

The example she gave was about brushing our teeth. Apparently, you and I will brush tonight exactly the same way we brushed yesterday, and last year, and ten years ago. We have an established pattern which, if it’s a good pattern, gets the job done. There’s nothing wrong with an ingrained tooth brushing routine, unless the routine is not getting all your teeth clean.

Nature is filled with patterns. The earth spins on its axis and rotates around the sun. The tides flow in and out. Seasons come and go. Humans are conceived, born, nurtured, grow, and then conceive babies of their own. There is a deep beauty to be found in these patterns, in part because they point us back to the Creator.

God established routine and pattern in all that he made. We are blessed because we can know the peaceful rhythm of life as well as the joy of spontaneity. The human spirit is made for both.

Followers of the Anglican Way are given tools to nurture our lives. We call them spiritual disciplines. They help us to establish good patterns. We can do our part to participate in these disciplines, but it’s the Lord who will bring both the peace and the joy that we seek.  One of the most essentially Anglican of these disciplines is participation in the Daily Office.  Which we will begin to discuss in part two.

a continuing series on the Daily Office…

Editor’s Note: If you’d like to try out the Daily Office for yourself, check out the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet.

Published on

May 24, 2013


Thomas McKenzie

The late Rev. Thomas McKenzie was an early friend and contributor to Anglican Compass. He was the founding rector of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, Tennessee.

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