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Theology of Rest

When someone comes for a personal retreat at the nearby lake I tell them: take lots of naps! They are surprised and grateful. And they do.

I know that all of them come tired. And that we can only listen deeply to the Lord and our own hearts when fatigued minds and body have rested.

God’s prescription for a weary and discouraged Elijah was just that: two long sleeps, and food and a cool drink by a stream.

So sometimes sleep IS the most spiritual thing we can do. After all, the Psalmist said, “He gives to his beloved in sleep.”

One of the students asked me about a “theology of rest” Isn’t that what Sabbath is about? The seventh day? When God rested? Sabbath time (perhaps the most neglected of the Ten Commandments) is a reminder, above all, of a great truth.

God is God. I’m not. We’re not.

So, Lord, when I am sluggish and lazy, prod me awake.

When I am weary and worn, remind me to come to You for rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary .. and I will give you rest.” - Jesus

- Leighton Ford, May 2011

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