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August 2, 2020 Worship- Sabbath Sunday
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” -Mark 6:31
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about how tired and run down they are. It may just be the season, but there seems to be something extra trying about our political climate, the constancy of news about problems in the world, the busyness of our culture, and even the strife in our own denomination. It’s the on-going loneliness of COVID-19 and the inability to grieve the many losses that continue to come our way. And we keep busying ourselves. I’ve felt the fatigue in my own body and spirit and have been reminded I need to take regular, intentional time for sabbath. We talk about “sabbath rest” and then we’re inclined to think it’s about taking naps or binge-watching shows. But really, it’s better understood as “sabbath restoration”. Sabbath is meant to be a gift in our lives, each week.It’s less about the prohibition on work and more about the gift of being filled and restored for what comes next. As I’ve thought about sabbath, I’ve tried to be mindful in asking the question, “What would help me feel restored?” Generally, while they’re nice, naps aren’t the answer. I need to fill my soul, not just stop my body. I have a list of things that qualify: a walk, knitting, coffee with a friend, reading, painting, journaling, pedicures, massages, quality time with my family, cooking a delicious meal. Some of those might work for you, others might just feel like work. Whatever the case, especially if you’re feeling run down, I encourage you to set apart a chunk of time (even if you can only start with 2-3 hours) and ask yourself, “What would help me feel restored?”
*Remember- your self-worth is not measured by your productivity. You are God’s Beloved.
Our mission partners at the Zimbabwe Farm School Mission have offered their first food distribution to needy families. This was made possible, in part, by your generous donations. You are truly feeding families that would otherwise go hungry. Each bag provided rice, cornmeal, oil, and more to our siblings across the ocean. Our prayers continue for the Zimbabwe Farm School Mission and we remember that even a small donation can make a big difference because God is will us.
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