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Pastor's Notes (September 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:02 PM by Henry McTague
Dearest Friends in Christ,

Often it is not until the actual weeks of vacation that we recognize our deep need for rest and rejuvenation. Work, family obligations, and recreational pursuits keep us busier and busier, with little time for doing nothing. Doing nothing feels wrong to us somehow – as if we are solely defined by our activities, and in times of leisure we have less value as human beings.

We forget, at great cost, the fourth commandment – that one about Sabbath. Sabbath is indeed a day that we should dedicate to worship and praise of God. But Sabbath is also about our need for rest, for a break from work, work, work work......

Vacation is a dedicated time of Sabbath – an opportunity to stop, really stop, and take care of the temple that is our body. Rest and rejuvenation are part of the care of our bodies, and also an essential part of the care of our spirits. For our spiritual wells need to be replenished, just as much as our physical bodies need a break from the demands of our daily toil.

So as the hot, humid days of summer come to an end, I wish you some time of Sabbath, whether it be one day or seven. Celebrate just being – for in “just being” you are complete and precious in the sight of God. Celebrate this moment, the beauty of nature as the season begins to change, the joy of family gathered around the dinner table, the peace of a late-summer sunset of brilliant pink transformed into dusky plum. Embrace the day that God has created for you – and be thankful.

Wishing you every blessing,

Pastor Gail