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30 Days of Rest: Day 2

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This is our first Sunday in the 30 Days of Rest.

Growing up, Sunday was a different kind of day. A day for putting on our nicest clothes and going to worship with old and new friends. We went out to eat after church, which I thought was pretty special and then went home for a nap, which I thought was terribly boring. Malls were closed on Sundays, businesses were closed on Sundays. There wasn’t a whole lot to do even if you wanted to.

These days Sundays are packed with the same things as any other day of the week but add a game, a birthday party, and everything else you have to do to get ready for Monday.

Nothing is closed anymore…ever.

We love the convenience when we are in a pinch, but without noticing it, one week begins to blur into another and it takes us a while, maybe even years to realize we forgot to have a day of rest.

Consider today what a day of rest could be for you.

Logistically, a day of rest in my world is about not having anything planned, not trying to accomplish anything at all. I love cooking for my family on Sundays, reading, going for a long walk or a bike ride, sitting on the front porch as long as I want to, or being able to accept a spontaneous invitation to brunch or dinner with neighbors.

“And so we are given a commandment: Remember the Sabbath. Rest is an essential enzyme of life, as necessary as air. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have life. We refuse to rest at our peril-and yet in a world where overwork is seen as a professional virtue, many of us feel we can legitimately be stopped only by physical illness or collapse.”  ~Wayne Muller (Sabbath)

Rest is a gift.

Is there anyone who does not long for rest? The kind of rest that sinks deep into our distracted minds and troubled hearts? It is right there waiting for us and yet we put it at the bottom of our list after, after, after. Just like perfection can never be reached, neither does the end of our to-do list.

Do you believe that work is required of you before you can experience rest?

If so, do you have a moment in mind when that work will actually be finished?

Are you waiting for your body to crash so you have a genuine reason to be resting?

Can you distinguish work from overwork?

What would it feel like to work (instead of overwork) six days a week and rest on the seventh?

 

May you receive the gifts of Sabbath available to you today.