Remember to Rest

May 5, 2013

Today’s Reflection

FOUNDATIONAL TO human wholeness is the model of the Creator who rested on the seventh day from every work. The Hebrew Scriptures are filled with references to honoring the Sabbath. However, keeping the Sabbath itself does not cause the Hebrews to enter God’s rest any more than my punctilious “no sewing on Sunday” and other taboos in my youth enabled me to experience the gift of rest. Why?

Because faith is lacking; stopping becomes a duty severed from relationship with God. so the author of Hebrews calls Christians to remember that rest still remains for God’s people. Sometimes, however, we have to work hard in order to enter it! “Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such obedience as theirs” (Hebrews 4:11).

- Elizabeth J. Canham
Heart Whispers

From page 103 of Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today by Elizabeth J. Canham. Copyright © 1999 by Elizabeth J. Canham. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

If Sundays are busy for you, when do you set aside time for rest? How might you plan more time for “sabbath” in your schedule? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27, NRSV

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This week we remember:
James the Less.
(May 3).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller May 5, 2013 at 3:40 am

I think every time we spend time, quiet time, with God we are in sabbath. When we are thankful for all the blessings, and it doesn’t take long to count the many we have received, we are at rest with God.

Lord, You were and are able to heal the sick, we know that from the witness of the Bible. Heal too today those sick with cancer. You will do it in ways we often don’t understand but we trust in You, for with You all things are right. Thank You Lord, in Your name I pray. Amen.

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Betsy May 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

My “Sabbath” time is my quiet time each morning. This is my time to read, pray and quietly share concerns with my God. It is a time of reflection, renewal and refueling.

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Edy May 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

Every day, different hours, I read His word. My quiet time with The Lord Almighty is different every day but constant. We can count on Him the only constant, never changing Lord.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

With mybusy schedule, I need discipline to keep my sabbath. With God’s help, I am able to rest, knowing that He is still in control no matter what happens.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

With my busy schedule, I need discipline to keep my sabbath. With God’s help, I am able to rest, knowing that He is still in control no matter what happens.

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