Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. - Mark 6:31-32 (NRSV)
The last couple of days have been busy days for me, and I will be honest - I am looking forward to getting away to our cottage. There is something about being by the water that just seems to soothe me and restore me.
I appreciate the emotion conveyed in Jesus’ words to the disciples, who had just returned from their two-by-two missions to proclaim repentance and offer healing. They went to places where they may or may not have been welcome. The disciples needed a break.
You might not be able to get away to that dream destination this summer, but I pray that you can take time to step back from your work and daily routines, to reflect on it, and, where appropriate, to let go of things that cause you stress. Take Jesus' words to heart - and "rest a while."
A Summer Blessing for you:
May you listen to God's encouragement to stop and rest
May you follow Jesus' call to journey with him
May you be moved by the Spirit to sek adventure
And may the blessing of the Three be with you this summer,and always. Amen.
Peace, Rev. Gail
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