Todays reading is centered on the Sabbath day and resting our souls. I doubt that those living in NYC and Long Island actually take their rest day to ready their souls. It’s a hard thing to do unless you are retired. Yet I hope that some of us workaholics will actually rest or souls from our jobs or careers. We need to rest to function at our best.
In our faith and service, rest is as important as work.
INSIGHT:The reality of our need of rest is reinforced by Jesus’s invitation in Matthew 11:28–30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus speaks of life’s burdens and His provisions for us (an easy yoke and a light burden), and that is good. Notice, however, that the rest He offers is not simply found in the cessation of activity or release from burdens. It is found in actively seeking His presence and His provision for our lives. Jesus speaks of rest “for [our] souls” which is far more than mere relaxing. It is the rest that replenishes us in the core of our being. This is the ultimate goal of Sabbath—a rest that recuperates the heart and restores the spirit. Bill Crowder
Scripture reading: Exodus 23:10-13