From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Hi everyone,

I am here on the eve of my holidays, and man alive does it ever feel like a long time coming.  I know, I know, we all get tired of our regular jobs and sometimes stress and stuff get to us, and many of us go for very long extended periods of time without a break.  I am not trying to, in any way, complain about my workload both professionally and personally, nor am I trying to brag about how busy (which, for many, equals importance) I am.

All I am saying is that rest at this point will be very much appreciated.

Rest isn’t just taking a break from doing things, but it is also being rejuvenated from doing certain things.  For some it is gardening, for others reading, and even for others it is transforming a toy robot into another form disguising it from its enemies and then changing it back into a robot ready for battle.

Whatever it is, we need to rest and recharge because you cannot save the world when you’re running on empty.

Here are the texts for next week:
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Psalm 81:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23–3:6

Sabbath.  Rest.  It’s not just a good idea, it is commanded.  So we better make sure we rest, right?

Well, yes and no.  Because “rest” in itself is defined in so many different ways.  Getting rest of course is important for our bodies in a physical sense, but restricting what rest looks like is just added stress.  Rest, to me, is what gives life.  There are many activities out there that we must participate in that suck life, so it is important that we find those that give life.

Whether it look restful or not to others, it is rest for you.  God has given us the gift to be able to rest, and we honour that need for rest by learning how to fit it into our already hectic schedules.  We also honour each other in respecting their way of rest.

For me, I am looking for a week away and spending every waking moment with my family.  It sounds tiring, I know, to care for 3 young kids as they laugh and frolic and play.  Truthfully, it is tiring.  But it is the best way I can imagine to rest.

Peace be with you all.  Have a great week.

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