The Privilege of Rest

Today, I am grateful for the privilege of rest: intentional, proactive, don’t-have-to-be-anywhere-today rest.

For me, I make an effort to observe a Sabbath rest, usually on Sundays. Since I go to church on Saturdays, I use this time to sleep in and leisurely go about my day. I stay off of email and social media, and I am pretty selective about what I choose to do: I may visit with friends and family, or do something special and meaningful as I did today (going to the symphony).

And that was really all I did today. I came home, prepared dinner, and then spent a leisurely evening enjoying low-key entertainment on Netflix.

What a privilege this is! Most of us are running around every day of the week, with little or no R&R time for ourselves. What a blessing it is, indeed, to approach the week from a posture of rest, rather sprinting from one day of frenzied activity to the next.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for modeling the example of sacred rest in Genesis 1: You rested because You chose to do so, and not because You were required to, so that You could reflect on all that You had accomplished. Thanks for reminding me of how much I need a day each week to recharge and unwind – to be still, attentive, yet intentional about scheduling rest time into my life. Accordingly, I ask for Your peace to dwell within me, and for Your wisdom to guide my steps according to Your purposes this week. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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