Saturday, February 3, 2007

Come Away ... and rest a while.

Saturday 3rd February, 2007
Saints for the day: St Blaise; St Ansgar.
Scripture Readings for today: Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21., Ps (23). Mark 6:30-34.

From Mark 6

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

Lord, you invite us to come away and rest with you for a while. For some, today is a day of rest called Sabbath. For some, tomorrow is a day of rest called Sabbath also. For some of us neither day is day of rest, and in some cases it feels like there is not a day of rest. We confess that we have become so used to not having that day of rest that we just neglect to take it. We think we can get along without it. Lord help us to RSVP to your invitation to come away with you to rest with you. Help us to put it in our PDA's, claendars, whatever we use to mark or note our days and times. And God then empower us to take that day away with you. Lord help us to remember that many of our members don't get time away with you like they need either. Help us to remember that many of them are going helter skelter also, and that it has become a pattern for living. God helps us to remind them that you invite us away with you for rest. Lord let us be models for them in seeking to live the life you give us and time for sabbath. Perhaps to provide opportunities for them and for us to take that sabbath time with you.

In the name of the one who called Himself "The Lord of the Sabbath"


LutheranChik said...

And isn't ironic that that is such a difficult RSVP for many of us to respond to!

Great post.

revabi said...

Including me lutheranchik, including me.

Catherine + said...

I try to practice either centering prayer or if I can't do it on the Sabbath, I try to take advantage of the Quiet Day at a local retreat center for at least a few hours. I am slowly learning how to create Sabbath time, or more importantly, how to claim it as the Lord wants us to.

Lorna said...

Dear Lord help us keep a sabbath.

I also ask for Your blessings on this weekend - which is for the kids in the church - may they get to know you better. Keep them safe. Let them have fun.

Give wisdom to the leaders and let them have fun too we pray. Amen

Catherine + said...

Lorna, I will pray to the Lord.